Scientist banks on fish farm

US - In a basement lab at the Inner Harbor, one of the world&#39;s most intensely studied fish is swimming in a computer-monitored tank - a journey designed to end on a dinner plate. </b> <br><br> For years, the gilthead seabream, a Mediterranean delicacy fished nearly to extinction, has been the focus of research at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute&#39;s Columbus Center. <br><br> To try to mass produce saltwater fish indoors - away from the ocean - scientists have been probing what they eat, how they mate, their growth rate, the water temperatures they prefer and techniques for ridding the massive tanks of their waste. <br><br> Now they believe they&#39;ve figured out how to do it - and make money. <br><br> &quot;The beauty of the system is that the tanks can be installed in warehouses and placed anywhere - in the Midwest, near an airport or railway, in an inner-city neighborhood where jobs are scarce,&quot; said Yonathan Zohar, director of UMBI&#39;s Center of Marine Biotechnology and godfather of the decade-long project. <br><br> <i>Source: Baltimore Sun</i>

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