Yellowfin kingfish, Seriola lalandi. (Photo: StockFile)
University provides rotifers for kingfish commercial production
Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 21:20 (GMT + 9)
The Oceanographic Research Institute (IOI) of Universidad Autonoma de Baja California (UABC), Campus Ensenada, delivered 150 million rotifers to a private company for their use in commercial cultivation of yellowtail kingfish.
The aim of the UABC’s Marine Phytoplankton and Zooplankton Cultivation research laboratory is to transfer technology to the commercial production of fish, the UABC said in a statement.
The company that received the rotifers is Ocean Baja Labs, a new company which is about to start commercial farming activities of yellowtail kingfish (Seriola lalandi). UABC's commitment has been to cover the immediate need of 50 million organisms the company required to start its farming.
In a second step, the production schemes to meet the demand of 500 million rotifers the company requires will be set.
Dr Enrique Valenzuela Espinoza, head of the Marine Phytoplankton and Zooplankton Cultivation laboratory, explained that the rotifers are organisms belonging to zooplankton and used as fish food in the early stages of their growth.
Microalgae or phytoplankton, which is the food of marine rotifers, is cultivated in the UABC. Lab results have established a link between the university and the commercial production of fish. Now the UABC has become a supplier of such organisms, for a lower cost than that of other U.S. companies.
In the Oceanographic Research Institute, several species are grown for feeding various growth stages of marine organisms such as mussel, oyster, clam larvae or others that are considered within the research and within the commercial production needs.
Meanwhile, Mauricio Moreno Alva, Project Coordinator of Ocean Baja Labs’ fish hatcheries, stressed that the company is the first to perform this type of cultivation in Mexico and one of the few in the world that are engaged in the activity. Therefore, there are no suppliers of these biological inputs in the country.
By Silvina Corniola