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Developing a New Aquaculture Species

Spadefish. ©Mike Oesterling/VASG

Spadefish. ©Mike Oesterling/VASG

Americans eat more fish than we catch, and while some of the difference gets made up by seafood imports, researchers are looking for species of fish that can be grown in the U.S. for human consumption. Michael Schwarz of VT, Dan Sennett of VIMS, and Jesse Trushenski of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale will research the energy and protein needs of the Atlantic spadefish and develop guidelines for spawning and raising spadefish in captivity. The Atlantic spadefish already has many characteristics that make it a good candidate for aquaculture, according to Schwarz. This research will provide the basic guidelines to help fish farmers get started.

Project detail: Michael Schwarz (VT), Dan Sennett (VIMS), and Jesse Trushenski (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale). Development of baseline larviculture protocols and juvenile rearing diets for Atlantic spadefish Chaetodipterus faber.