Scientists from the US and Canada have developed a customised breeding programme for red snapper, based on genetic analysis.
The research was carried for Mexico-based fish farming company Earth Ocean Farms (EOF), by the Center for Aquaculture Technologies (CAT).
CAT is an R&D and contract service organisation focused on the application of biotechnology tools to improve productivity, efficiency and sustainability in aquaculture and related industries. It is a joint US-Canada operation with facilities located in San Diego, California and in Victoria and Souris, Prince Edward Island, Canada.
The in-house genotyping team at CAT have developed a custom panel of genetic markers to accelerate genetic improvement in red snapper, analyse performance and ensure the overall health of the stock.