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Tripletail Project Yielding Multiple Benefits

Barely a year into the public/private partnership on the domestication of tripletail between Perciformes Group and The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), a multitude of benefits are developing for students, the university, and aquaculture in general.

Tripletail is a fish native to the nation’s southern waters.  Fishermen along the Gulf Coast consider it among the finest of seafood fare.  But, it is not a fish whose lifestyle lends itself to commercial exploitation.  It doesn’t school with the result it is not a target of a dedicated capture fishery.  Due to the fact that little is known about its genetic makeup, it has never been a candidate for aquaculture.  Thanks to the efforts of GCRL and Perciformes Group, the latter is about to change.

The collaborative work by GCRL and Perciformes Group is making strides to solve the mystery surrounding tripletail from spawning to gender classification to preliminary genetic analysis.

In a letter of support to Perciformes Group, the University recognized added benefits to the school’s graduate students resulting from the P/P partnership with Perciformes Group.  It pointed out the many new research and career opportunities being generated.

Dr. Eric Saillant, lead professor on the project, and three colleagues – Drs. Kelly Lucas, director of the school’s aquaculture center; Gordon Cannon and Chase Kasper, both vice presidents of research – commended the tripletail project.  They called it a pioneer program that will prove “a major step ahead for the aquaculture industry” due to the very few marine finfish domestication projects in the United States and the world.

Perciformes Group Director Christopher Manley expressed the company’s deep appreciation for the endorsement calling it a great honor.  He thanked The University’s Office of Research for its support in the effort to expand the growth of sustainable aquaculture.