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Development of Large-Scale Sperm Cryopreservation Techniques for Striped Bass…

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Department of Agriculture
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2005 / SBIR
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11125 FLINTKOTE AVE STE J Suite 202 SAN DIEGO, CA 92121 1213
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Woman-Owned: No
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Development of Large-Scale Sperm Cryopreservation Techniques for Striped Bass Aquaculture
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2005-33610-16081
Award Amount: $296,000.00


Hybrid striped bass (HSB) aquaculture has become the fourth largest form of U.S. finfish production, trailing only catfish, trout, and salmon in market value. To compete effectively with low-cost foreign imports, U.S. HSB producers need to develop advanced strains that grow more rapidly and convert feed more efficiently. However, HSB are produced from two parental species (white bass and striped bass) that have little overlap in their seasonal reproductive cycles. Producers and government and university scientists recently formed the National Breeding Program for the HSB Industry, a collaborative effort to facilitate development of superior strains. To take advantage of the new strains, methods of reliable storage and distribution of broodstock gametes are needed. Advanced cryopreservation techniques may be of considerable use in the management of striped bass broodstock. The purpose of this research is to develop efficient, large-scale sperm cryopreservation and storage technologies for use in the HSB industry. The large-scale techniques we propose to develop are similar to those used in the dairy industry, where sperm cryopreservation has become an indispensable component in breeding and genetic improvement and has created an entirely new commercial industry.

Principal Investigator:

Jon C. Van Olst

Business Contact:

Jon C. Van Olst
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Kent Sea Tech Corporation
11125 Flintkote Ave San Dieto, CA 92121

EIN/Tax ID: 330491082
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No