CCMAR Seminars: Advances and challenges in Arapaima gigas larviculture
22nd November 2017, at 1:30 pm | Amph. 1.8 (bdg 8)
Advances and challenges in Arapaima gigas larviculture
Ligia Uribe Gonçalves
(Brazilian National Institute for Research in the Amazon – INPA, Manaus/AM, Brazil)
From my undergraduate to postdoctoral, I dedicated my research to study the nutrition of freshwater fish. Most of my training took place at the University of São Paulo, in cities with temperate climate and well defined seasons. So, I have studied species resistant to Brazilian cold areas, such as tilapia and pacu (Piaractus mesopotamicus). As Brazil is a country with continental extensions, there are huge differences among its regions, and I have always had an interest in get to know the aquaculture in the North region. In 2013, I began working as a researcher at the Brazilian National Institute for Research in the Amazon, in Manaus, the capital city of Amazonas state. Since then, I have been working especially with arapaima (Arapaima gigas), one of the largest freshwater fish in the world. Despite the great potential for aquaculture production that the arapaima presents, there are few studies on its rearing in captivity, and its larviculture is one of the greatest challenges for the arapaima farming development. Since 2015, we are working in partnership with the Portuguese researchers from Sparos and CCMAR in order to boost the research with arapaima larviculture, in the so-called GIGAS project, which is financially supported by CAPES (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel) and FAPEAM (Amazonas State Research Foundation).