The first amberjack (Seriola dumerilli) eggs spawned by caged broodstock in waters off Crete as part of the European Union (EU) Diversity project have been transferred to the Hellenic Center for Maritime Research for larvae culture.
The successful cage spawning comes more than a month after similar progress was made in Spain with Meagre (Argyrosomus regius) reproduction experiments for a total of about 40 spawns representing 19 different families.
The project has identified a number of new and emerging finfish species with high potential for the expansion of the EU aquaculture sector. Though the emphasis is on Mediterranean cage-culture, fish species suitable for cold-water, pond-extensive and fresh water fish farming have been included as well.
Along with Meagre and Greater Amberjack, the project is also studying Wreckfish (Polyprion americanus), Atlantic Halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus), Grey Mullet (Mugil cephalus) and Pikeperch (Sander lucioperca) for both cage and recirc aquaculture systems.