Aquaculture Program

Larval Culture

Larviculture research aims to understand the environmental and nutritional requirements of the larvae through the juvenile stages under intensive culture. Optimal combinations of salinity, temperature, illumination (light intensity and photoperiod), turbulence, prey type and density, tank configuration, and methods for live feeds enrichment and for weaning from live to prepared feeds are determined through controlled, experimental studies. More efficient technologies for producing planktonic organisms as live feeds for marine finfish larvae are also being developed.