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A team led by Florida Institute of Technology's Jonathan Shenker and Paul Wills of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University has for the first time successfully induced spawning of wild bonefish and hatched the fertilized eggs into larvae.
The Bonefish Restoration Research Project, an initiative sponsored by Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, has been attempting since 2016 to spawn and raise bonefish in captivity. The researchers reached this milestone during field experiments in January in the Bahamas, with assistance from the Cape Eleuthera Institute.
Team - Injections - Hormone - Eggs - Female
The team successfully used injections of reproductive hormone to induce final-mature eggs in a female that had been captured from the wild in a pre-spawning state of development.
Bonefish are integral to Florida's travel and tourism industry. It is estimated that bonefish, tarpon and other species in the 'flats fishery' contribute more than $465 million annually to the economy in the Florida Keys.
Success - Project - Tool - Toolbox - Population
"Ultimately, success in this project will give us another tool in our toolbox as we work to restore the bonefish population in the Florida Keys," said Bonefish & Tarpon...
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