Miami Today –
The University of Miami’s aquaculture program and hatchery on Virginia Key, which is capable of supporting a wide range of research projects concurrently, has successfully found a way to grow large amounts of mahi mahi in a short time but is still looking for a sustainable way to commercially farm the aggressive fish species.
“We have reached the technological level of easily producing mahi mahi within the span of three months,” said Daniel Benetti, professor and director of Aquaculture at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. “However, the next phase, which would be considered the commercial phase, is not quite there yet.”
One reason, he said, is the aggressiveness of the species.
“Mahi Mahi are not domesticated fish,” he said, “In principle they are not evolved to be cultured. However, we are working with the New York-based company Aqquua LLC to bring our technology to commercialization with olive or Japanese flounder, mahi, blackfin tuna, yellowfin tuna, in collaboration with the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission and, also with support from NOAA, on red snapper, Nassau grouper and hogfish.”