RSSBP Best Management Practices

1. Adult animals, i.e., broodstock, should be segregated from algal, larval, and post-set culture systems within the hatchery and nursery areas. 

2. Algal, Larval and post set systems should be adequately separated from areas with use of unfiltered water and animals previously exposed to unfiltered water, to avoid splashing and cross contamination.

3. Water filtration for early life stage cultivation should employ a series of filters to get to 1µm filtration, or another means to minimize the risk of disease introductions from source water must be demonstrated (e.g., pasteurization, well water, etc.).

4. Cleaning of water filters should be conducted in an area separate from areas where animals are held and cultivated to avoid cross contamination.

5. Records and/or labels should be kept indicating maintenance of systems to eliminate POCs from source water (e.g., filter change regimes, relative “age” of all active filters).

6. Demonstrated workflow and operational plans should prevent the introduction of raw water and contaminants from entering areas where cultivated life stages are in filtered water.

7. Equipment should be assigned to specific operational areas (e.g., containers used to transport adult animals, should be used only for such tasks) or effectively sanitized between uses when shared.

8. Health examinations should be conducted on seed experiencing unexplained, atypical mortality and records kept. This maintains the Program’s ability to stay alert to possible emerging pathogens as well as POCs. The Shellfish Health Advisory Council must be notified of any disease issues that come up during Program participation including any actions taken to rectify the situation. 

9. Broodstock records must be maintained and document source location (source water), genetic background, and collection date.

10. Spawning records must be maintained that document broodstock used, spawn code/name, and date spawned in order to accommodate any trace back from health certification results.

11. If applicable, quarantine practices must be demonstrated and documented for all non-local endemic species of broodstock.

12. All state permitting requirements, such as hatchery facility permits must be followed.  Non-compliance with State requirements will result in removal of the hatchery from the RSSBP.

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