|Discovery Reef at the Columbus Zoo: Public displays such as this provide an incredible opportunity to observe volitional reproduction of marine ornamental fishes. Photo by Ramon Villaverde|
|Behind the scenes view of Discovery Reef at the Columbus Zoo. Air-driven egg collectors are employed near the overflow to concentrate the nights spawns prior to shipping them to the University of Florida. Photo by Ramon Villaverde|
|Closeup view of the floating egg collector used to harvest pelagic eggs. Photo courtesy of the Georgia Aquarium.|
|Eric Cassiano testing water in the shipping bag upon arrival at the Tropical Aquaculture Lab.|
This sort of ‘shotgun’ approach is allowing us an amazing opportunity to search for species that may be well suited to established aquaculture techniques. It also allows an opportunity to work with species that are not easily spawned in captivity due to their large adult size or care requirements.
|Species received from participating institutions as eggs or newly hatched larvae.|
Participating public aquariums include The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, the Florida Aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, SeaWorld (Orlando, San Antonio, and San Diego), the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Virginia Aquarium.
Matthew L. Wittenrich, PhD
Senior Biological Scientist
Tropical Aquaculture Lab
University of Florida