First experiences of wreckfish (Polyprion americanus) larval husbandry in NW Atlantic and East Mediterranean
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AuthorsÁlvarez-Blázquez, B. (Blanca); Vilar, A. (Antonio); Papandroulakis, N. (Nikos); Linares, F. (Fátima); Cal, R. (Rosa); Rodríguez, J.L. (José Luis); Martínez, J.M. (Juan Manuel); Lluch-Fernández, M.N. (María Nuria); Gómez, C. (Castora); Peleteiro-Alonso, J.B. (José Benito)
One of the priority target within the European project DIVERSIFY is to set the optimal conditions for larval rearing of wreckfish (Polyprion americanus), as well as the development of a general culture protocol that ensures high larval survival. For this reason, the Hellenic Center for Marine Research (HCMR, Greece), Aquarium Finisterrae (MC2, Galicia, NW Spain), Instituto Galego de Formación en Acuicultura (HCMR, NW Spain) and Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO, NW Spain) are working with their respective broodstocks, to achieve viable sets and perform experiments commissioned in the project. In this work the first experiments that allowed wreckfish larvae to survive until day 24 of life and to collect growth data, as well as valuable information on larval ontogeny, are described.