A study emanating from the Balearic Islands, in the western Mediterranean, has looked into the feasibility of the government carrying out a coastal restocking program using meagre.
A scientific paper co-authored by three researchers, suggests that the meagre shows some promising characteristics such as high fecundity rate.
The paper’s conclusion notes, however, that the meagre comes to maturity at a relatively late age, which may be “disadvantageous for recovering a sustainable wild population.”
The study also raises some doubt about using released artificially-reared meagre from hatcheries. It notes that salmon research “has revealed the existence of reduced reproductive fitness in the majority of cultured fish that are released into the wild.”
– Quentin Dodd