The aim of this project was to farm, on a pilot commercial scale, two indigenous species of marine fish: snapper, Pagrus auratus; and mulloway, Argyrosomus hololepidotus.
The project involved:
- development of hatchery techniques;
- intensive rearing of larvae;
- transport of live fish;
- design, construction and testing of seacages for research;
- grow-out of juvenile fish in tanks and seacages;
- identifying and treating disease outbreaks in seacages;
- obtaining production data; and
- obtaining preliminary marketing information.
The project sought to provide information on the possibility of enhancing wild stocks of mulloway by the release of fish originating from a hatchery.