The RAS, Recirculated Aquaculture Systems we have designed and supplied include hatchery, nursery, research laboratory, phyto-zooplankton production, special tanks, mobile bed bioreactors filters, air and water conditioning that can be adjusted according to the different needs that arise during the breeding period.

Mugil cephalus is a cosmopolitan fish in the coastal waters of most tropical and subtropical zones. Flathead grey mullet has been farmed for centuries in extensive and semi-intensive ponds in many countries, like Mediterranean region, Russian Federation, Black Sea and Caspian Sea regions, South East Asia, Taiwan Province of China, Japan and Hawaii.
Full-scale commercial production of Mugil cephalus is not yet common because a number of critical issues need to be resolved, and for these reasons in collaboration with AGRIS, agency of the Sardinia Region for scientific research, experimentation and technological innovation, SCUBLA has designed and built at the IMC International Marine Center Foundation a turnkey HATCHERY FOR MULLETS, in which to carry out research, testing and technology transfer for the production of Mugil cephalus L., species of great economic interest to the Region of Sardinia, in particular for the production of the famous roe “Bottarga” of Cabras Lagoon .

The main objectives of the realized project are :

  • the start-up of an experimental hatchery related to the production of phytoplanktonic crops;
  • the establishment of an autochthonous Mugil cephalus breeding park and their artificial reproduction;
  • the production of high quality native Mugil cephalus fry;
  • the development of a protocol to rationalise restocking practices;
  • the implementation of the knowledge concerning the peculiarities of the “Bottarga” roe produced by Mugil cephalus
  • the technological transfer of methods.

The RAS, Recirculated Aquaculture Systems we have designed and supplied include hatchery, nursery, research laboratory, phyto-zooplankton production, special tanks, mobile bed bioreactors filters, air and water conditioning that can be adjusted according to the different needs that arise during the breeding period.

The objectives of the project have been achieved with very satisfactory results, and the technologies acquired are available for transfer to interested parties through appropriate licensing agreements.