Our main focus as a business is to culture new and uncommon species of fish for the international aquarium market. This allows hobbyists to have an alternative option when buying a fish for their aquarium. We also work with several food fish species, which allows communities to look towards environmentally responsible practices for obtaining food fish fingerlings for grow out and restocking.
Part of our time is dedicated to participate in different projects with government and semi-government agencies, universities, NGOs and private sector entities, both locally and internationally. We offer water and environmental survey, commercial diving services, aquaculture feasibility studies and access to our facilities for research purposes.
Once our facility expansion is completed, we will re-open our door to the public on a daily basis to demonstrate our aquaculture, how it is done and why it is important for the conservation of the marine environment. Visitors have been able to see our broodstock, holding tanks and the fish we have cultured so far. School groups have always been welcome to visit our facility and often do.
Our search for new techniques is oriented towards the ability to culture fish species that have never been done before. In the last year we have cultured seven new species, which is important both in aquaculture and marine science. We are able to collect fertilized eggs from the wild and culture these fish with almost zero impact on the wild populations. At Biota we have cultured more than 15 new species of fish since we commenced, with our latest numbers to be announced later this year.