Below you can find a sample of publications that illustrate the Research & Development that MFF has either supported or been directly involved.

Research Involving MFF:

  • De Metrio et al. (2009). Spawning induction and large-scale collection of fertilized eggs in captive Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus L.) and the first larval rearing efforts. Journal of Applied Ichthyology. 26: 596-599.
  • De La Gandara et al. (2010). Seedling production of Atlantic bluefin tuna (ABFT) Thunnus thynnus. The selfdott project. Joint International symposium of Kinki University and Setouchi town on the 40th anniversary of Pacific bluefin tuna aquaculture, Towards the sustainable aquaculture of bluefin tuna, Edited by Dr. Shigeru Miyashita, Dr. Kenji Takii, Dr. Wataru Sakamoto, Dr. Amal Biswas, Amami, Japan, October 15-16 2010, pp. 45-52.
  • Vassallo-Agius et al. (2011). Effect of broodstock diets on growth and chemical components of gonads of Atlantic bluefin tuna Thunnus thynnus (L.) reared in cages. Aquaculture Europe October, Rhodes, Greece.
  • Bridges et al. (2016). TRANSDOTT – Translation of domestication of Thynnus thunnus into a innovative commercial application – advances. Conference: Bluefin Future: The status and Future of Bluefin Tunas in our Global Oceans, Monterey Bay, CA, USA.
  • Bridges et al. (2018). Tuna ocean restocking (TOR) pilot study – sea-based hatching and release of Atlantic bluefin tuna larvae – theory and practice. Conference: World Aquaculture Society, Montpellier, France.
  • Rouyer et al. (2019). Tagging Atlantic bluefin tuna from a farming cage: An attempt to reduce handling times for large scale deployments. Fisheries Research. 211: 27-31.

Research Supported by MFF:

  • Pousis et al. (2011). Comparative study of liver vitellogenin gene expression and oocyte yolk accumulation in wild and captive Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus L.). Animal Reproduction Science. 123: 98-105.
  • Pousis et al. (2012). Expression of vitellogenin receptor gene in the ovary of wild and captive Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus). Animal Reproduction Science. 132: 101-110.
  • Zupa et al. (2014). Male germ cell proliferation and apoptosis during the reproductive cycle of captive-reared Atlantic bluefin tuna Thunnus thynnus (Linnaeus). Aquaculture Research. 45: 1733-1736.
  • Bosch-Belmar et al. (2017). Jellyfish blooms perception in Mediterranean finfish aquaculture. Marine Policy. 76: 1-7.
  • Santamaria et al. (2018). Micro-anatomical structure of the first spine of the dorsal fin of Atlantic bluefin tuna, Thunnus thynnus (Osteichthyes: Scombridae). Annals of Anotomy. 219: 1-7.

Sudents Supported by MFF (Dissertations):

  • Caruana (2011). The effects of salinity on survival and growth of the greater amberjack, Seriola dumerili (Risso, 1810) larvae. University of Malta.
  • Schembri. (2015). Pathological findings of farmed Sparus aurata with special attention o parasites of the gills, fins and skin. University of Veterinary Medicine, Budapest.
  • Cutajar. (2016). Further investigations into the potential development of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) in the Maltese Islands. University of Malta.
  • Caria. (2018). Routines in a European aquaculture research facility and analysis of biometrics, the asteriscus and lapillus otolith relationships in adult Atlantic bluefin tuna, Thunnus thynnus. Polytechnic Institute of Leiria.