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Location: Cool and Cold Water Aquaculture Research

Title: Current and future assisted reproductive technologies for fish species

item Weber, Gregory - Greg
item Lee, Cheng-sheng

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/12/2013
Publication Date: 11/13/2013
Citation: Weber, G.M., Lee, C. 2013. Current and future assisted reproductive technologies for fish species. In: Lamb, G.C., DiLorenzo, N., editors. Current and Future Reproductive Technologies and World Food Production. New York, NY: Springer Science & Business Media. p.33-76.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that in 2012 aquaculture production of fish will meet or exceed that of the capture fisheries for the first time. Thus, we have just turned the corner from a predominantly hunting gathering approach to meeting our nutritional needs from fish, to a farming approach. In 2012, 327 finfish species and 5 hybrids were covered by FAO aquaculture statistics, although farming of carps, tilapias, salmonids and catfishes account for most of food-fish production from aquaculture. Although for most major species at least part of production is based on what might be considered domesticated animals, only limited production in most species is based on farming of improved lines of fish or is fully independent of wild seedstock. Consistent with the infancy of most aquaculture industries, much of the development and implementation of reproductive technologies over the past 100 years has been directed at completion of the life cycle in captivity in order to increase seed production and begin the process of domestication. The selection of species to farm and the emphasis of selective breeding must also take into account other ways to modify performance of an animal. Reproductive technologies have also been developed and implemented to affect many performance traits among fishes. Examples include technologies to control gender, alter time of sexual maturation, and induce sterilization. These technologies help take advantage of sexually dimorphic growth, overcome problems with growth performance and flesh quality associated with sexual maturation, and genetic containment. Reproductive technologies developed to advance aquaculture and how these technologies have been implemented to advance various sectors of the aquaculture industry are discussed. Finally, we will present some thoughts regarding future directions for reproductive technologies and their applications in finfish aquaculture.