REPRODOTT Final Report (Reproduction of the Bluefin Tuna in Captivity - feasibility study for the domestication of Thunnus thynnus)
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In 2003 a 40-months-long research project supported by the European Commission, REPRODOTT (Q5RS-2002-01355), was initiated aimed at studying the feasibility to achieve reproduction of BFT in captivity conditions. The project draws on the exceptional opportunity to combine forces between an international group of scientists and commercial 'growing out' facilities for BFT to provide an in-depth study of the reproduction of BFT in captivity, thereby providing a strategic feasibility study for the domestication of this species. The controlled reproduction is a crucial step on the road to domesticating a wild species. The project studied the hormonal regulation on gonadal development, maturation of gametes, spawning and fecundity, and finally developed suitable methods to control the reproduction of the BFT. The availability of captive broodstock allowed an increase in knowledge from the input of reproductive cues to recruitment determinism in the wild. This will allow better management ...
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