Adjacent to the hatchery of Blue Linked, a new facility is in progress for the project 'Sharks and rays back in the North Sea'. The ca. 300 sting rays (Raja clavata) that have been born in our hatchery since May 2016 are growing up very well and need more swimming space.
New facility (photo: M. Laterveer-de Beer).
The new facility will be equipped with several tanks for the rays to grow up. Also, the animals will be prepared for the next step in the project: introduction into the wild. Among other things, together with Sportvisserij Nederland we will test several tagging techniques. We expect to release the rays at the age of about one year old. More information will follow as soon as we are ready.
Egg capsules of sting rays, hatched at Blue Linked (photo: M. Laterveer-de Beer).
Sting ray at the scale; the growth in weight and length is measured every two weeks (photo: M. Laterveer-de Beer).