Less sex please, we're kingfish

By Staff reporter


Studies being held by the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and University of Waikato have found the importance of commercially farmed kingfish having less sex.

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 examins 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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