Pacific Threadfin Fingerling Transport Technology Development, Year 01
|Hawaii||$35,000||Oceanic Institute||C. Laidley|
The goal of this project is to develop a reliable and cost-effective protocol for handling and transport of Pacific threadfin fingerlings at the appropriate age (D50 to 60) and size (~3 g) for stocking in offshore cages. This research will have direct application for the commercial movement of fingerlings from hatchery/nursery sites to the location of commercial grow out (both on- and offshore) operations.
- Compare standard bucket transfer versus the gravity-feed method for moving fingerlings from nursery to transport tanks.
- Setup a replicated small-scale experimental tank system to study and optimize transport conditions for small marine finfish fingerlings.
- Establish the effects of stocking density on survival time and quantitative changes in water quality parameters over time during simulated transport of Pacific threadfin fingerlings.
- Examine effects of adjusting water temperature, salinity and use of anesthetics during handling for purpose of increasing maximal transport density.