Cicese facilities used for the cultivation of yellowtail amberjack. (Photo Cicese/FIS)
Cultivation of yellowtail amberjack gets underway
Monday, December 20, 2010, 04:50 (GMT + 9)
The laboratory of marine fish production of the Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education of Ensenada (Cicese) carried out tests for juveniles of yellowtail amberjack (Seriola lalandi), which was supported by the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (Conapesca) projected to reach a production of 40,000 juveniles next year.
Benjamín Barón Sevilla, researcher at the Aquaculture Department of Cicese, who along with Juan Pablo Lazo Corvera was in charge of the laboratory of marine fish production since its inception in 2005, explained that after experimenting with species such as sole and totoaba years earlier, in 2010 conducted the first tests of mackerel larval culture.
The researchers explained that they leaned towards the production of this species, also known as dorado, because it has high demand in the U.S. market and there is a possibility of exporting it to Japan.
Cicese signed an agreement with the Conapesca for which they received MXN 1 million (USD 80,000) and undertook to produce 40,000 youth during 2011.
This production already has a destination, because it will be sold to the company Pacífico Acuacultura, with the forthcoming signing of two agreements: one for the sale of juvenile yellowtail amberjack, and the other to finance the installation of a module of breeding of this species that will ensure the supply of eggs and the continuous production of juveniles.
When they reach their highest level of production, Pacífico Acuacultura hopes to buy a million youth per year.
"Another interesting perspective is that this company is interested in cultivating other species. And asked us for next year to do a sample of juvenile flounder," said Baron.
By Silvina Corniola