Costa Rican aquaculture business Martec and independent genetics experts Xelect are working together to create the first large scale genetic breeding programme for Spotted Rose Snapper (Lutjanus guttatus).
Martec plans to grow its production to 10,000 tonnes per year. By working with Xelect the company will be able to introduce advanced genetic techniques, balancing pedigree control with continuous gains in important traits.
Xelect’s breeding programme manager, Dr Carlos Diaz Gil, commented: “The first step is developing a bespoke genetic marker panel for Martec, which allows them to analyse genetic relatedness. We’ll then effectively work as an in-house genetics department for them, analysing hundreds of thousands of possible combinations to create the best possible improvements in key traits.”