This is the annual report (2003-2004) of the Reef Fish Aquaculture R&D Project, based at the Northern Fisheries Centre, Cairns. The project provides a core platform for a suite of R&D projects addressing the feasibility of aquaculture technologies for high-value marine finfish species. This report outlines progress on the three core components of the programme, namely:
Broodstock management and captive spawning: Research has focussed on reproduction and spawning of three species held at NFC: flowery cod Epinephelus fuscoguttatus, estuary cod E. coioides and barramundi cod Cromileptes altivelis.
Live prey production and research: The project has focussed on improving the nutritional value of rotifers, reducing scale-up time and increasing production of rotifers (including super-small strain), and increasing production of copepods.
Larval rearing and grow-out: Research has focussed on improving the survival and consistency of cohorts, nutrition and environmental factors.
NACA frequently organises technical workshops and consultations on aspects of aquaculture. The proceedings of such meetings are made available for free download. Audio and video recordings of technical presentations are also available for some meetings (please see the podcast section).