Advances in greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili) research: the DIVERSIFY project
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AuthorsMylonas, C.C.; Katharios, P.; Grigorakis, K.; Papandroulakis, N.; Rocio, R.; Corriero, A.; Pousis, C.; Zupa, R.; Fernandez_palacios, H.; Montero, D.; Izquierdo, M.S.; Roo, J.; Hernandez-Cruz, C.M.; Rodriguez, C.; Perez, J.A.; Jerez, S. (Salvador); Secombes, C.; Guerrero, L.
KeywordsSeriola dumerili, DIVERSIFY project
The greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili) is a species with high potential for the EU aquaculture due to its fast growth (6 kg in 2.5 years), excellent flesh quality and global market. Its farming in the Mediterranean region started in the 1990s with wild-caught juveniles, but the production is still negligible, as several bottlenecks exist for its industrial production. These include the absence of reliable reproduction, limited availability of juveniles, lack of knowledge on the nutrient requirements and pathology of the species. The EU FP7-funded DIVERSIFY project (www.diversifyfish.eu) examines the major aspects of greater amberjack aquaculture in order to overcome these bottlenecks and develop appropriate rearing methods for commercial production. This article provides some highlights from the first 2 years of the project.