Project Details

Development of Captive Culture Technology for the Yellow Tang, Zebrasoma flavescens, Years 1–3

July 1, 2006 - December 31, 2010

LocationFundingInstitutionPrincipal Investigator(s)
Hawaii $300,000 Oceanic Institute C. Laidley

Year 1:

  • 1. Establish appropriate holding system/conditions for maintaining spawning stocks of yellow tang.
  • 2. Develop appropriate diet to maintain broodstock condition and produce high-quality eggs.
  • 3. Establish early larval rearing system to maximize larval hatch and early (pre-feeding) survival.

Year 2:

  • 4. Identify suitable first feed for yellow tang larvae.
  • 5. Scale up culture of identified first feed to level required for conducting replicated larviculture trials.
  • 6. Develop larviculture feeding regimen suitable for rearing yellow tang larvae through metamorphosis.

Year 3:

  • 7. Develop suitable methods to transition yellow tang into juvenile settlement phase.
  • 8. Establish suitable feeds and holding system to ensure juvenile quality suitable for marine ornamental wholesale market.
  • 9. Transfer technology to industry through workshops, conference presentations, and publication in CTSA newsletter Regional Notes.