Aquaculture Program at Tropic Seafood
In order to reduce commercial fishing pressure on natural resources and to ensure a consistent steady supply of product, Tropic Seafood has taken an initiative to engage in conducting research in Aquaculture to find the best candidate species for commercial fish farming in Nassau, Bahamas.
The most important criterion is that the species selected would be based on a strong global market demand, that commands a relatively high price. Secondly, the technology for raising that species must be well understood, have great survival and must also be available as fingerlings or be able to be successfully cultured in an onsite hatchery, within the specific environmental conditions found in The Bahamas.
Those criteria narrow the field of candidates to about half a dozen species. In the past yellowtail kingfish (locally known in The Bahamas as Almaco Jacks (Latin name: Seriola rivoliana)), (and also known as “Hamachi” in the sushi and sashimi restaurants) were grown at Tropic Seafood with great success. They attained a size of 10-12 lbs., in two years.
Currently, Japanese/Korean Olive flounder (Paralichthys olivaceous) are being cultured at Tropic Seafood. Additionally, Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) broodstock has been held at Tropic Seafood for the past three years in order to acclimate this wild caught species to spawn in captivity for future commercial aquaculture potential.