Title Prospects for aquaculture of bay lobsters (Thenus spp.)
Authers Satoshi MIKAMI
Keywords Thenus, aquaculture, digestive system, commercialization
Citation Bull. Fish. Res. Agen. No. 20, 45-50, 2007
The Australian Fresh Research and Development Corporation Pty Ltd (AFR & DC) in association with the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Bribie Island Aquaculture Research Centre (DPIF, BIARC) has been researching and developing the aquaculture potential of the Bay Lobster, Thenus spp. since 1995. The project was undertaken with the view of developing an economically sustainable supply of consistently high quality seafood products in controlled environments unaffected by the unpredictable forces of nature.
The AFR & DC achieved a world first by successfully rearing larvae of this species through to the juvenile stage and then to maturity. The attributes of this species, including rapid growth to commercially acceptable sizes within 13 months from hatching, ability to tolerate crowding and high market prices make it a highly attractive commercial aquaculture proposition. The AFR & DC has been conducting research to confirm these attributes in the laboratory initially and subsequently in pilot scale production. The successful pilot scale production is based on a better understanding of animal biology, including the digestive system, nutritional requirements and physical requirements.
URI http://www.fra.affrc.go.jp/bulletin/bull/bull20/06.pdf