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Currently, shellfish processors in Canada grade millions of oysters individually, by hand. Given the volume of oyster production in BC alone, this system is inefficient and inconsistent. New mechanized grading technology has been developed overseas that promises significant benefits, including increased productivity, reduced labour cost, reduced labour effort, and a more consistently graded product. This project involved the early adoption of mechanized grading technology that can lead to improved industry wide productivity, elevated grading standards and quality assurance for BC shellfish. Results using the new technology have exceeded the proponent’s expectations. The automated grading equipment has increased production by nearly three times the amount possible with hand-grading, with a 65 percent decrease in production cost and steady overhead and labour costs. This translates into increased profitability, by an order of magnitude, and increased employee job satisfaction. The new 3D imaging technology has provided higher grading standards and increased consistency. Markets demand consistency in product quality and the ability to make regular shipments; many markets will only accept product if there can be a promise of regular, high volume deliveries. This sustainability project sets a benchmark for oyster processing in Canada and positions the industry to respond to these market needs.

Project Lead: Odyssey Shellfish Ltd.

Total Project Cost: $155,000
DFO-AIMAP Contribution: $82,500

Other Financial Support:

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