While Asia’s more extensive approaches for cobia larviculture are effective, more intensive methods are used in the Americas. Most facilities still rely heavily upon wild-capture broodstock.
Selective-breeding coupled with advances in maturation systems, nutrition and management led to natural cobia spawnings at the University of Miami Experimental Hatchery.
Collaborative research in Florida is developing technologies for rearing marine fish in low-cost, low-salinity recirculating systems. Spawning and larval production studies have led to the mass production of juveniles.
Cobia culture is dominated by the Asia Pacific region. Most culture is done in nearshore net pens, with trends also moving toward offshore pens and even intensive indoor systems. Vietnam is the largest market, while other markets relate to production
Marine fish farming in Brazil appears promising. A new cobia research network will support industry growth through standardization, development of technology and training.
A marine fish species with excellent characteristics for commercial aquaculture, cobia is receiving much attention in Latin American and Caribbean countries.
After years of mutton snapper research Aquaculture Center of the Florida Keys supplied commercial operations in Puerto Rico 15,000 cobia fingerlings.
Production of cobia (Rachycentron canadum) is growing rapidly in Asia, yet fingerling production predominantly occurs in extensive pond environments.
The objective is to demonstrate that cobia can be successfully raised in the Bahamas using advanced offshore technology with low impact and high yield.