March 14 2022

Customer Stories

Some of our customers prefer not to be named, but for those that aren’t camera shy, we are proud to present a few of them here!

Cawthron Institute, in collaboration with researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital, are working on the development of the world’s first algae-based pain medication. This non-opioid approach to pain relief could revolutionize how local anaesthetic is used during and after surgery in post-operative patients. Read their full story here. Photo credit: Cawthron InstituteCawthron Bioreactors

The NOAA Milford Laboratory installed an Industrial Plankton PBR 2500L in November 2021. The Dual Algae PhotoBioReactor will provide high-quality algae to up to 100 CUDLS (Cawthron Ultra Density Larval System) cones that rear genetically-selected oyster larvae as part of the East Coast Oyster Breeding Center — a collaboration between USDA/ARS and the Milford Lab. The main goal is to enable genome-assisted, family-based breeding of oysters for high performance in northeast growing waters.

Milford Lab Algae Bioreactors

The Vitapro-Nicovita Center for Experimental Aquaculture, in Lima, Peru, uses Industrial Plankton’s photobioreactors to reliably produce microalgae that is used during shrimp culture tests.

The Fifth Element” specializes in the development and production of preparations based on soil algae. They use photobioreactors to grow their own strain of algae Nostoc commune with a biostimulator for use in traditional and organic farming.

Fifth Element algae soil

The Mallet family has been involved in oyster aquaculture since 1972 in Shippagan, New Brunswick. Their hatchery is the largest in Eastern Canada and has been in operation since 2009. Martin Mallet, hatchery manager at Mallet Oysters, has been gradually expanding his fleet of PBR 1250s since 2019. In 2021 they used PBRs exclusively to support all stages of their oyster and bay scallop production, which helped to make it a record production year.

 Mallet Oysters Algae

Having extensively used and successfully grown various species of algae for shellfish production in our four 1250L PBR’s by Industrial Plankton, we have continued year after year to be amazed with the amount and quality of microalgae harvested from them. They have proven to be an integral piece of equipment allowing us to expand our shellfish production capabilities. This year especially was quite a incredible year for our organization and hatchery as the PBR’S allowed us grow very high density, high quality algae strains all season long with very little crashes.

Notable cell densities: Chaetoceros muelleri up to 24 million cells/ml, C-Iso and T-Iso: up to 20 million cells/ml, Tetraselmis Chuii: up to 5.9 million cells/ml, Pavlova lutheri: up to 26 million cells/ml. With these cell densities we were able to continuously harvest up to 100 gallons of algae per day from each bioreactor. ~Joshua Perry, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Marine Program

Cornell hatchery algae production

Industrial Plankton is proud to have Fishers Island Oysters as a valued customer. Steve is pictured here inspecting the touchscreen controls on his PBR 1000L growing Tetraselmis.

Steve Malinowski Fishers Island Oyster Farm

Nova Harvest is a cutting-edge shellfish hatchery located on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. They are located on-site with the Bamfield Marine Science Center and lead the industry as British Columbia’s top-producing Oyster Hatchery.  Nova Harvest still operates the first two commercial PBRs (SN 1 & 2) and just placed their order for 3 more PBR 1250Ls which will bring them up to nine PBRs.

Nova Harvest started as a geoduck hatchery and now focuses on producing oysters and manilla clams for BC farmers. They are excited about their newly formed partnership with the Huu-ay-aht Group of Businesses, the investment arm of the local Huu-ay-aht First Nation, to jointly develop oyster farms in the Barkley Sound and pulled the first product from their vertically integrated oyster farm this year. If you’ve eaten a BC oyster it’s more than likely to have started life at Nova Harvest being fed algae from Industrial Plankton’s PBRs.

Industrial Plankton photobioreactor customers

The Town of Islip’s Great South Bay Shellfish Cultivation Facility produces high-quality shellfish for growers and distributors throughout Long Island. The hatchery plays a vital role in meeting the needs of the aquaculture community and ensures the continuation of the tradition of farming on Long Island’s Great South Bay.

Islip Shellfish Hatchery Algae

Island Sea Farms grows larval mussels which need lots of microalgae. Ingrid and Grant use their three PBR 2500L Dual Algae Bioreactors purchased from Industrial Plankton to grow multiple strains of algae. These were very helpful during the pandemic as the low labour and remote access meant they were able to safely continue production while meeting the demand of our constantly increasing larval mussel production. 

Island Sea Farms Hatchery

Lisa Bourassa, Hatchery Manager, at the Aquaculture Research Corporation (A.R.C.) has been using their PBR 1250L for the past few years to produce algae in their shellfish hatchery for quahogs, oysters and surf clams. A.R.C. of Dennis, MA, was one of the first hatcheries spawning shellfish, and has a long and rich history in aquaculture out on Cape Cod and supports over 1500 farms with their seed! Read more about their history here.

Aquaculture Research Corp Hatchery

These Industrial Plankton Photobioreactor Customer stories were featured in our December 2021 newsletter.