Lapu-lapu successfully bred in Taiwan

Hatchery International Staff
August 02, 2018
By Hatchery International Staff
Fish-breeding experts in Taiwan have broken new ground with the first successful breeding in captivity of one of Asia’s premium fish: the large-mouth grouper, known in the Philippines as lapu-lapu, but most commonly referred to in China as garupa.
Grouper used to be abundant in the Philippines but has become rare owing to high demand, degradation of habitat (coral reefs), and rising water temperatures.

The milestone was accomplished at Pingtung Agricultural Biotechnology Park (PABP), in southern Taiwan’s Pingtung County. The 233-hectare park performs research in areas ranging from aquaculture to environmental systems and is described by Director General Dr. Susan Chang as “the one and only science park [in Taiwan] dedicated to agricultural biotechnology”.

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