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Inapesca Develops Biotechnology for Growing Red Lobster

17 July 2012, at 1:00am

MEXICO - The Regional Center for Fisheries Research (CRIP) of INAPESCA in La Paz, Baja California Sur, is conducting a study of the settlement of red lobster in its postlarval and juvenile phase to assess the availability of "seed" for fattening in the coastal zone and its possible impacts on the wild population.

The researchers reported that after several years of experiments on growth of postlarval and juvenile, the Directorate General of Aquaculture Research INAPESCA conducted this project to assess the aquaculture potential of the crustacean and to develop biotechnology for cultivation as an alternative to increase production.

INAPESCA specialists noted that in this experimental phase of the project there have been significant advances since the agencies have increased their growth rate.

Currently detailed tests are also performed based on cropping fattening puerulus (pre agencies in the juvenile phase) which provided encouraging results.

Researchers explained that the experimental process begins with the capture of postlarvaeand then eight months later it is deposited in tanks or basins for feedlot trials. Their growth and survival in captivity, under a natural diet based on meat and fish native mollusks is then assessed.

After completion of studies, the knowledge will be transfered to the productive organisations to provide them with alternative production to meet market demand.

This project involves Fish Production Cooperative Societies supporting technical personnel and laboratory infrastructure aquaculture, such as the Reform Laws SCPP, California San Ignacio and La Purisima.

It is expected that the fishing season this year will maintain the level of extraction, thanks to measures implemented by the fisheries authorities to promote sustainable fishing and care of this species.

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