The development of delta smelt hatchery and the use of cultured fish for conservation purposes – November 15th, 2018

Tien-Chieh Hung, UC Davis
Moss Landing Marine Labs Seminar Series - November 29th, 2018

Hosted by the Ichthyology Lab

MLML Seminar Room, 4pm

Open to the public

Prof. Tien-Chieh Hung works in the area of aquacultural engineering including computational fluid dynamics, biomimetic particle filtration system design, recirculating culture system design, cultural technique development, and fish behavior. He has been working with listed fish species since 2008 and is Director of the Fish Conservation and Culture Laboratory and manages the refuge population of the delta smelt. His current study is focusing on the fish culture technique improvement, marking method development, domestication effects on the captive fish, and integrated aquaculture.

The development of delta smelt hatchery and the use of cultured fish for conservation purposes

The UC Davis Fish Conservation and Culture Laboratory (FCCL) has started the delta smelt hatchery program since 1996 in response of the decline of their population in Delta. The fish is known for their fragile and sensitive to the environment, and they were federally listed as threatened and as endangered by the state. It took about 10 years for the FCCL to develop a reliable culture method for the delta smelt, and since then, the FCCL has been further developing a genetically managed refuge population of the fish. Currently the FCCL is housing the 11th generation removed from the wild. With the potential need of future reintroduction of delta smelt, the FCCL is now working with collaborators on the fitness of captive fish to the wild.