Keywords: Spotted rose snapper, mariculture, ecosystem-based approach, co-management


Overfishing and the search for alternatives to it, led us to the explore mariculture as an option using an ecosystem-based approach through two parallel processes: an in-laboratory research strategy for larval rearing of tropical marine fish, and a strategy of co-management to develop tropical marine fish aquaculture. The spotted rose snapper shows great potential for larvae production and cage culture. This species showed no responses to hormone induction; however, the set up of a suitable environment allowed frequent, high-quality spontaneous spawnings. The larval rearing phase presented problems due to the small size of the larvae; although, management in appropriate tanks and the use of enrichments improved the processes, increasing the production of juveniles. This ecosystem approach allowed the operation of a profitable farm pilot project with a productive approach, but with rural tourism in mind as well.


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Angel Herrera-Ulloa, Parque Marino del Pacífico

Parque Marino del Pacífico, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Jonathan Chacón-Guzmán, Parque Marino del Pacífico

Parque Marino del Pacífico, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Gerando Zúñiga-Calero, Universidad Nacional

Escuela de Ciencias Biológicas

Oscar Antonio Fajardo-Espinoza, Instituto Costarricense de Pesca y Acuicultura

Departamento de Acuicultura, San José

Ricardo Jiménez-Montealegre, Universidad Nacional

Escuela de Ciencias Biológicas


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How to Cite
Herrera-Ulloa, A., Chacón-Guzmán, J., Zúñiga-Calero, G., Fajardo-Espinoza, O., & Jiménez-Montealegre, R. (2009). AQUACULTURE OF PARGO LA MANCHA <i>LUTJANUS GUTTATUS</i&gt; (STEINDACHNER, 1869) IN COSTA RICA WITHIN AN ECOSYSTEM APPROACH. Journal of Marine and Coastal Sciences, 1, 197-213.
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