Common snook, Centropomus undecimalis. (Photo: FishBase, Carvalho Filho, A.)
Research network in marine fish farming
Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 23:10 (GMT + 9)
Five educational institutions and two companies created a research network whose aim is to contribute to the development of marine fish farming in the state of Santa Catarina and in the rest of the country through multi-institutional projects.
The Marine Fish Farming Research Network from Santa Catarina was created in the Fish Farming Experimental Field from Camboriú (CEPC/Epagri) by the following institutions: Company of Agricultural Research and Rural Extension of Santa Catarina SA (Epagri), Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), State University of Santa Catarina (Udesc), Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), University of Valle de Itajaí (Univali), Danúbio Piscicultura Ltd. and Nicoluzzi Indústria de Rações Ltd.
The researchers and professionals in the Network are working on several studies on: common snook (Centropomus undecimalis), smallscale fat snook (Centropomus parallelus), broodstock cobia (Rachycentron canadum), Brazilian sardinella (Sardinella brasiliensis), dusky grouper (Epinephelus marginatus), sea mullet (Mugil sp.) and Brazilian mojarra (Eugerres brasilianus).
One of the scientific advances achieved by the Net is the induced reproduction of the common snook in the laboratory from breeding fish kept in captivity.
Other achievements by the experts are:
- Spawning and juvenile production of the true sardine in the laboratory;
- Development of farming technology and management for marine fish in cages located in the open sea.
In addition, scientists are addressing the farming assessment in freshwater ponds, with the aim of working with euryhaline species such as bass, allowing marine fish farming in inland areas, reported the Technological Observatory of Santa Catarina.
By Analia Murias