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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2005-33610-16081
Agency Tracking Number: 2004-00423
Amount: $296,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
11125 Flintkote Ave, San Dieto, CA, 92121
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jon Van Olst
 (858) 452-5765
 jvanolst@kentseatech.com
Business Contact
 Jon Van Olst
Phone: (858) 452-5765
Email: jvanolst@kentseatech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
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.

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