Less sex please, we're kingfish

Kingfish. Photo / Supplied
Kingfish. Photo / Supplied

New research reveals the secret to commercially farming kingfish is convincing the amorous finned species to have less sex.

Studies being held by the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and University of Waikato confirmed the need for less frisky behaviour.

Scientists at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and University of Waikato were exploring the possibility of commercially farming kingfish, and found the important thing was to ensure the farmed fish put their energy into growth rather than breeding.

Waikato's Dr Steven Bird will use biomarkers to look at how genes responds to environmental changes, while Bay of Plenty's Dr Simon Muncaster examines the process of sexual differentiation - when and how kingfish develop either male or female characteristics.

More details of this and other University of Waikato research stories were in the latest issue of re:think, available on the university's web page.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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