Kinship analysis of cultured turbot in South-China

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“We have been seeking Matís' specialized services in finding relatedness between individuals in the spawning stock of our turbot."

The see the benefit of that within the next couple of years,” says Jóhannes Hermannsson, who manages a company in South-China that specializes in cultured turbot. The company has been in operation for three years and is owned by investors in Hong Kong, as well as by Icelanders based there. The aquaculture site is based in China, just north of Hong Kong.

“We breed the fish in closed circulation systems indoors and have the capacity to produce about 300 tons of turbot a year. The environmental factors here are far from the turbot's natural surroundings, but it lives in waters measuring from 12 to 16 degrees Celsius. The sea temperature here in China can go down to 16 degrees Celsius in the winter but well over 30 degrees Celsius in the summer. We are breeding the fish far from its natural habitats. Culturing turbot in tanks on land is known, e.g. in Spain, France, South America and other places and turbot is known delicacy,” says Jóhannes but his company sells all his fish alive to restaurants, hotels and retailers. “It is important to us that the fish is alive, looks good
and is fresh.”

Matís specializes in technology that analyses kinship in aquaculture and this knowledge is sought out by Jóhannes. “This knowledge could have been provided by another company, but we chose Matís because it is a company neither too big or too complicated. In this case, both parties gain greatly from being Icelandic. We both know where we are heading and what we expect to gain. It matters to us that we have extensive knowledge, which is plentiful at Matís.” says Jóhannes Hermannsson who expects that samples will be regularly sent from his company in South-China to Matís for analysis in the future.