IATTC - Achotines Laboratory
The Achotines Laboratory was inaugurated in 1985. Early research through 1993 involved laboratory and field studies of early life stages of near-shore tropical tunas. At-sea surveys were carried out to describe the distribution and abundance of larval tunas in the northwestern Panama Bight. Laboratory studies were conducted to study the ageing, growth, nutrition and development of vision in early-juvenile tunas.
1992 IATTC scientists began collaborative work on the rearing of
larval tunas with Japanese scientists in Japan.
In 1993 this research led to a joint project centered at
the Achotines Laboratory, initiated by the IATTC, the Overseas
Fishery Cooperation Foundation (OFCF) of Japan, and the
government of the Republic of Panama.
The objective of the project was to investigate the
culture and captive spawning of yellowfin tuna (Thunnus
albacares), snapper (Lutjanidae), and corvina (Sciaenidae)
in land-based tanks to provide larvae and juveniles for research
The infrastructure expansion necessary to hold yellowfin
tuna broodstock and to provide cultured food items for their
larvae was completed by mid-1996.
Construction of additional tanks and a concrete pier were
completed by late 1999.
Last modified: 19 Oct 2010