The innovative exploits of a master fish farmer: raising fish by artificial insemination

Let’s head now to Penghu for a look at the innovative exploits of a master fish farmer. Tai Kun-tsai made history in 1995, when he artificially inseminated giant groupers. Since then, he’s turned his hand to many fish, always searching for new ways to make fish rearing more effective.

Yellow gourd groupers are lifted from their rearing tank. Their bright yellow fins are very cute, but they’re not to be underestimated. These so-called “dream groupers” have been reared through artificial insemination.

Tai Kun-tsai
Grouper fish farmer
We predicted that if we continue raising giant groupers or brown-marbled groupers, big profits are not possible. So in 2015 we switched to our current fish, blue and yellow gourd groupers.

Fish farmer Tai Kun-tsai gave us a thorough tour of the farm and explained how the fish are raised. In 1995 he became the first person in the world to artificially inseminate giant groupers. He’s dedicated himself to refining the techniques of aquaculture. Now he’s managed to raise blue and yellow gourd groupers in their thousands in these net pens. It’s a first for fish farming in Penghu.

Tai Kun-tsai
Grouper fish farmer
To use net pens you need a bay. There are lots of bays in Penghu. Last year, when we got several thousand fish for a trial, it just so happened a cold wave came in. Our blue gourd groupers were there and in the end, our contractor told me the day the cold wave arrived, the cobia fish died. But surprisingly, the blue gourds could still eat their food.

Tai is still not satisfied with his current techniques. He’s now researching methods to rear the humphead wrasse, an endangered species.

Tai Kun-tsai
Grouper fish farmer
We’re collaborating with National Pingtung University of Science and Technology. Our goal is mass-production, which means many hundreds of thousands of fish.

Tai has made aquaculture his life’s work, and in the process, he’s put Taiwan on the map as one of the most innovative countries for new fish farming technologies.

 

Here is a quote from https://englishnews.ftv.com.tw/read.aspx?sno=FD2143E0C079E7F91B2761EC5A9E0F84

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