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Researcher Hopes To Boost Chile Economy

January 31, 2011

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A researcher with the Fisheries & Illinois Aquaculture Center is working with researchers from Chile to determine the potential for domesticating a fish breed called the San Pedro for aquaculture.  Dr. Brian Small, an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science, Food & Nutrition, stated, “We really don’t know anything about these fish.  It’s got a good flavor, and people really like it.  But how it tolerates living in tank environment nobody knows yet.”   In an aquaculture setting, the fish must be able to tolerate the stresses involved without impacting growth, reproduction, and higher disease rates.  Small is hoping his research will significantly impact the fish market in Chile, making it a potential boon for the country and seafood lovers.  To learn more about this project, follow the link to the story below.