According to an article in the July / August 2011 issue of Hatchery International, yellowfin tuna eggs and larvae are flying! Researchers at Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) and the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) recently completed the first successful air import of tuna eggs and larvae into the US from the parental stock hatchery, IATTC’s research laboratory in Achotines, Panama…where successful captive breeding has been a reality since 1996.
This is pretty major news, since there are very few captive breeding populations of tuna…the ability to ship these eggs and larvae internationally marks a big advance in culture technology.
Both of the San Diego-based research groups involved have compatible interests in improving the ability and techniques used to ship the eggs & larvae and have made several successful shipments so far, both with the yellowfin from Achotines and the yellow jack from San Diego. They continue to coordinate and improve on the process to increase survival rate and find the maximum stocking density that the tuna can be shipped at to yield the maximum survival rate. The most recent shipment in February 2011 was reported to have a survival rate of 90%…very impressive!
You can read the full copy of the article right here. Hatchery International was kind enough to provide us with a copy for our readers, simply click on the image at the right.
Oh by the way, Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) just happens to be one of our newest clients, so we definitely want to send a huge congratulations out to them on their success!