Title: Reproduction of Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) in culture conditions and production of fingerlings for growout

Funding Source: NSRF 2007-2013

Budget IMBBC: 190,000€

Start / End Date: 2011 - 2014

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Project Progress: 100%

Principal Investigator:

Constantinos Mylonas

Project Members:

Research Directions:

Reproduction and physiology

Fish nutrition and feeding

Production technologies


The objectives of the program are (a) the development and management of a bluefin tuna broodstock, (b) the development of an appropriate diet for the support of reproductive function of bluefin tuna in captivity, (c) the study of reproductive maturation in culture, (d) the induction of spawning using hormonal therapies and the production of fertilized eggs, (e) the construction of passive and active egg collection devices for sea cages, (f) the development of larval rearing protocols based on the ontogeny of the digestive system and organs related to food acquisition and digestion.