Breakthrough in commercial grouper farming – A groundbreaking study conducted by the IEO-CSIC Vigo Oceanographic Centre has opened up new perspectives for the commercial breeding of grouper (Polyprion americanus). The findings have the potential to revolutionise the fishing industry by ensuring a stable supply of this prized fish.
Innovative research: the key factors
The multidisciplinary approach of the study enabled the identification of critical determinants for the success of large-scale grouper farming. The detailed analysis included environmental, feeding and management parameters, leading to a better understanding of the specific needs of this species. The study analyses the effectiveness of grouper breeding under various environmental variables. It confirms that the main limiting factor for the development of fish farming of this species is the low survival and quality of captive-born larvae.
Implications for the fishing industry
The commercial implications are immense. The grouper, known for its delicacy, has often encountered problems of overexploitation in natural waters. The possibility of sustainable commercial breeding promises to alleviate pressure on wild populations.
Environmental and economic benefits
The transition to controlled farming will not only protect natural grouper populations, but will also have positive impacts on local economies. The fishing industry could benefit from a new source of stable and sustainable income.
Thanks to this study, grouper could soon become a common item in global fish markets. The IEO-CSIC Vigo Oceanographic Centre has laid the foundations for a revolution in the fishing industry, demonstrating that the balance between sustainability and profit is possible.
Breakthrough in commercial grouper farming