Researchers Successfully Breed Centropyge potteri
22 Aug, 2016
Potter’s Angelfish, Centropyge potteri, is a coveted aquarium fish and a Hawaiian endemic. With Hawaii’s reef fishes at the center of ongoing controversy–anti-aquarium activists are painting the state’s managed fishery in as grave a light as possible–the relentless pace of aquaculture breakthroughs with these species paints a starkly different and promising picture. Today, another species first was claimed, with news of the first successful captive-breeding of the Potter’s Angelfish being released by Rising Tide Conservation.
More details to come, but from initial conversations this latest achievement is being credited to talented aquaculturist Avier J. Montalvo, who joined Rising Tide and the Oceanic Institute at Hawaii Pacific University just 6 months prior. Montalvo, a Texas native, received his B.S. in Marine Fisheries from Texas A&M University at Galveston. In 2008, Montalvo began graduate school at The Fisheries and Mariculture Laboratory at The University of Texas at Austin – Marine Science Institute. There, he conducted his master’s work and ran the ornamental laboratory under the supervision of his graduate advisor, Dr. G. Joan Holt, graduating in 2010 with a Masters in Marine Science.
Dr. Judy St. Leger, President of Rising Tide Conservation and Vice President for Research and Science at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, describes Montalvo’s work as “game changing,” noting that Montalvo has been working on a unique research project. The hope, St. Leger states, is that the result of this work will be streamlined feeding protocols that could significantly improve the larval rearing of fishes like Centropyge potteri. St. Leger goes on to note that there is no intention to establish Potter’s Angelfish broodstock within the Rising Tide Conservation program, referring to Montalvo’s success with the species as largely “proof of concept,” an example of what might become more routine once Montavol’s research is solidified and disseminated.
Credits: From materials released by Rising Tide Conservation / Avier J. Montalvo