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A Fish Tale

posted on June 27, 2003

A fish tale.

USDA researchers have developed a test to see if the presence of a certain protein, myosin, correlates with a trout's muscle growth. Muscle is what gives the fish its most tender, delicate flavor.

The test results will give trout breeders a new way to pinpoint fish that have the genetic makeup to convert feed into muscle.

Part of the study includes experimenting with grain-based feed, such as oats or barley to see if the fish convert feed into muscle.

The desire for faster-growing fish is intended to meet the future demand for farm-raised fish. Projections indicate U.S. aquaculture production will have to increase by 500% over the next 25 years to satisfy consumer demand.


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