Controlling giant grouper maturation, spawning and juvenile production in Vietnam, the Philippines and Australia

Project code
AUD 146,000
Research program manager
Prof Ann Fleming
Project leader
Abigail Elizur - University of the Sunshine Coast
Commissioned organisation
University of the Sunshine Coast
JUN 2012
MAY 2013
Project status
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Groupers form the basis of the live reef food-fish trade in the South-East Asian region, and already the industry has a well established capacity for tiger grouper (Epinephelus fuscogutattus) aquaculture. Giant grouper (E. lanceolatus), another mid-tier value grouper but with a faster growth rate, has great aquaculture potential but few regional facilities have achieved production of juveniles.

ACIAR developed a large, 4-year project to address various aspects of giant grouper aquaculture. This activity enabled partners in the Philippines and Vietnam to secure funds to acquire giant grouper broodstock for the 4-year project, to test the genetic basis of existing broodstock in RIA1 (Vietnam) and to carry out a trial hormone induction of giant grouper to induce spawning. In addition, project partners visited giant grouper operations in Taiwan to examine the logistics of their operation.

Key partners
Queensland Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries
Research Institute for Aquaculture
Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre