Sustainable Fish Breeding: Sustainable aquaculture can play a key role in meeting the demand for fish, but producing the fish that consumers want to eat in nearby waters has proved challenging. Pioneering gene-editing technology developed by NRS research partners in Israel will enable more widespread cultivation of commercially popular fish. The technology allows for targeted and reversible sterility in the fish larvae and juveniles that commercial fish producers export to fish farms worldwide. These (non-GMO) fish breeds have better feed efficiency, do not reproduce with fish outside the grower’s hatchery and eliminate the problem of invasive colonization of habitats by non-indigenous species.
This endeavor is based on pioneering technology developed by ARO, the National Center for Mariculture and the Weismann Institute. The NRS team has been awarded an Israeli Ministry of Agriculture grant for this innovation.