Clown Fish Breeding Programme

Since starting to use S-presso (INVE) enrichment to grow both the Rotifers and Artemia foods, we noticed faster growth and improved survival rate in our Clark’s Clownfish (Amphiprion clarkii) juveniles (compared with the “Selco” enrichment, used previously). Clark’s production was the highest so far this year, with 74 new juveniles growing at a fast growth (juvenile metamorphosis at day 16 – 18). We have also stopped using algae for any enrichment during the fish larvae rearing process, giving good results and less cleaning work in the rearing tanks. Juveniles older than 30 days ‘graduate’ from the fish nursery to the general clownfish population of our Fishlab.

From our 9 recent experiments, the most successful rearing was seen by using the following parameters:

  • Syphon collection method;
  • no algae, enriched Artemia at Day 10, Rotifer concentration at 10 rotifers/ml;
  • 50% lighting on day 1, increasing to 100% over subsequent days;
  • no overnight AC, to maintain the temperature at 28°C.

During July, we started growing two news strains of micro-algae from “Green Sea FRANCE” (Tetraselmis SA/106 and Nanochloropsis SA/101) with a new vitamin solution (0.5g/L B12 cyanocobalamine; 10g/L B1 thiamine).

Maldivian Sea Turtle Identification Programme

During June-July, we received over 75 submissions to our national turtle ID programme, mostly via our Facebook group. From these photographs, 21 new turtles (20 Hawksbills and 1 Green turtle) were uniquely identified, and we added a further 54 good quality re-sightings of existing turtles in the database. This takes our total number of identified Hawksbills to 966 and Greens to 144 individuals.

Do you have any photographs of Maldivian sea turtles ? We’d love to see them ! Join the Facebook group and if your turtle is new to us, you can give it a name and receive a ‘certificate’ ! 🙂

Turtle ID - Hawksbill %91EI0953%93 'Bill' Komandoo Lhaviyani Atoll Maldives

Hawksbill turtle ‘Bill’ [EI0953], Komandoo, Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives

Turtle ID 'Seawood' %91EI0901%93 Makunudhoo Reef North Male Atoll Maldives

Hawksbill turtle ‘Seawood’ [EI0901], Makunudhoo Reef, North Male Atoll, Maldives

Sea Anemone Project

Our original 5 sea anemones, taken from Kamadhoo Reef back in February, have now been bisected and grown into 13 healthy individuals. We worked with our resort apprentices to plan a controlled release of 4 anemones and 9 Clark’s anemonefish (on July 15/22/23rd), to create practical science projects as part of their marine biology training.

The three teams of apprentices tested different methods of releasing the clownfish back into their natural environment, and proceeded to monitor their survival and progress. Unfortunately, some Clownfish are already missing (possibly eaten by predators) but we hope the experiment will yield useful results to improve future releases and enable us to create a standardised release protocol.

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