MEXICO - The National Fisheries Institute (INAPESCA) has started investigating the potential for farming Bobo mullet fish (Joturus pichardi) and has started developing biotechnology that allows for its cultivation.
The development of a scientific study will establish conservation schemes that will allow the marketing of this species and generate employment for fishing communities Nautla, Gutiérrez Zamora, Martínez de la Torre and Actopan, among others located on the banks of the rivers in the region.
The Federal Government currently applies a permanent ban to protect the bobo fish during its breeding and development, allowing levels of abundance to recover.
As part of the first phase of the project, researchers from the Regional Fisheries Research Center INAPESCA in Veracruz and the Technological Institute of Boca del Río (ITBOCA) will collect and prepare an analysis of the geographical distribution and current status of bobo populations.
In a later phase of the study, the cultivation will be examined, involving water recirculation systems.
To maintain the growth outside habitat, researchers will conduct feeding trials with balanced diets.
The bobo fish inhabits the upper reaches of rivers characterised by strong currents and clear waters.
It is a catadromous species (living in rivers but travels to the sea), so it requires seawater to complete their early development stages.
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