Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Futuristic Seafood: Raising Delicious Cobia And Pompano Fish -- Inland

Date:
March 4, 2009
Source:
USDA/Agricultural Research Service
Summary:
Two saltwater superstars -- cobia and Florida pompano -- are regarded by connoisseurs as being some of the world's best seafood. Both cobia (pronounced COE-bee-uh) and pompano (POM-puh-no) have firm, mostly white flesh that's perfect for grilling, pan-frying or baking.

ARS researchers are working out ways to raise saltwater fish like this pompano hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean.
Credit: USDA

Two saltwater superstars—cobia and Florida pompano—are regarded by connoisseurs as being some of the world's best seafood. Both cobia (pronounced COE-bee-uh) and pompano (POM-puh-no) have firm, mostly white flesh that's perfect for grilling, pan-frying or baking.

Now, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) agricultural engineer Timothy J. Pfeiffer, fish nutritionist Martin A. Riche, and fish biologist Charles R. Weirich—all based in Ft. Pierce, Fla.—are determining how to best raise cobia and pompano inland, hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean or bay, in huge tanks of fresh or only slightly salty water. The tanks are part of what's known as a "recirculating aquaculture system," or "RAS," in which water is cleaned and used again and again.

These systems offer the potential to reduce discharge of everyday fish-farm effluent to as little as 3 percent—or less—of the total amount of water used each day. Fish wastes and unused food collected in the system could be recycled as nutrient-rich compost.

But much more remains to be discovered about the needs of the saltwater fish that would be reared in the tanks. And many engineering details must be worked out. In an experiment with 2,400 juvenile pompano, the scientists showed that it's indeed possible to raise this oceanic species—from juvenile to market size—in water that's only slightly salty.

In this case, the water had a salinity of only 5 parts per thousand, as compared to the 35 parts per thousand in most oceans. Now the scientists want to make the system practical, profitable, and energy efficient for all stages of inland, low-salinity production of cobia and pompano.

Pfeiffer, Riche and Weirich work for the Arkansas-based ARS Harry K. Dupree Stuttgart National Aquaculture Research Center, and are stationed at Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Ft. Pierce.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by USDA/Agricultural Research Service. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

USDA/Agricultural Research Service. "Futuristic Seafood: Raising Delicious Cobia And Pompano Fish -- Inland." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 4 March 2009. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090220182248.htm>.
USDA/Agricultural Research Service. (2009, March 4). Futuristic Seafood: Raising Delicious Cobia And Pompano Fish -- Inland. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 31, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090220182248.htm
USDA/Agricultural Research Service. "Futuristic Seafood: Raising Delicious Cobia And Pompano Fish -- Inland." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090220182248.htm (accessed July 31, 2014).

Share This




More Plants & Animals News

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Visitors Feel Part of the Pack at Wolf Preserve

Visitors Feel Part of the Pack at Wolf Preserve

AP (July 31, 2014) — Seacrest Wolf Preserve on the northern Florida panhandle allows more than 10,000 visitors each year to get up close and personal with Arctic and British Columbian Wolves. (July 31) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers

Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers

AP (July 31, 2014) — With Florida's panther population rebounding, some ranchers complain the protected predators are once again killing their calves. (July 31) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida

Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida

AP (July 31, 2014) — Sarasota County, Florida health officials have issued a warning against eating raw oysters and exposing open wounds to coastal and inland waters after a dangerous bacteria killed one person and made another sick. (July 31) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle

Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle

AP (July 30, 2014) — Thousands of people are trekking to a Bavarian farmer's field to check out a mysterious set of crop circles. (July 30) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
 
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:  

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



    Save/Print:
    Share:  

    Free Subscriptions


    Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

    Get Social & Mobile


    Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

    Have Feedback?


    Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
    Mobile iPhone Android Web
    Follow Facebook Twitter Google+
    Subscribe RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
    Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins