Herbivorous Reef Fish Kyphosus vaigiensis: Fishpond and Commercial Potential
|Hawaii||$95,306||University of Hawaii at Hilo||Armando Garcia-Orega, PhD, Chatham Callan, PhD, and Helen Meigs, MAS|
To establish the feasibility of commercial and subsistence aquaculture of Kyphosus vaigiensis (nenue) to aid in domestic and global food security. Success in this project would introduce an herbivorous marine finfish that can be raised without carnivorous diets.
1. Address commercial scalability. Produce >7,000 nenue fingerlings
2. Determine how nenue fare in Hawaiian fishpond nursery setting. Is it possible to grow this fish to feed the community?
3. Determine production schema for commercial-scale operation. Is this fish suited for large-scale production, both biologically and economically?
4. Technology Transfer