Scientists at Bribie Island Research Centre have successfully spawned Grass Emperor broodfish—the first known account of spawning Grass Emperor in captivity. Grass Emperor have a strong capacity to spawn and are sought after for their firm and mildly sweet flesh.
The team captured eight Grass Emperor broodfish in Moreton Bay late last year before transferring them to a culture environment at the research centre. Over the new year period, seven spawning events were recorded, producing a total of 1.2 million eggs and over 800,000 larvae.
This breakthrough will help support the expansion and resilience of Queensland’s aquaculture industry.
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