Sustainable Production of Pinfish (Lagodon rhomboides) for the Live Bait Market

Period of Performance: 01/01/2008 - 12/31/2008

$73.9K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

AQUATIC INNOVATIONS
1662 MILLBRANCH DRIVE
Auburn, AL 36832
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Recreational saltwater fishing is a major industry in coastal areas of the United States. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated that saltwater anglers spent $8.4 billion in 2001 on fishing trips and supplies. In many communities this type of "wildlife tourism" is the lifeblood of the community. It is vital to these communities to have a consistent supply of needed goods for these anglers. Therefore much of the success of the saltwater fishing industry in an area lies in the ability of the bait suppliers to harvest and provide suitable bait to both professional guides and amateur anglers. Currently almost all marine baitfish are caught by commercial fishermen using trawls or by the individual angler just prior to the fishing trip, both of which are inconsistent and unsustainable. A solution to the problems of inconsistent supplies of healthy bait fish and the environmental impacts associated with current harvesting methods is the use of aquaculture practices to