Aquarium Fish Sex: How Craig Watson’s Obsession Helps Stimulate Florida’s Ornamental Fish Industry

Dr. Roy Yanong on Pet Life Radio

Florida has been the center of aquarium fish and plant production in the U.S. since the 1930s. The state’s fish farmers currently raise hundreds of species of ornamental fish. But how do they breed all these different species?  Most people know guppies give birth to fairly developed young fish, but do they know how guppies actually breed? And what about all the other species?

My guest today is a good friend and colleague, Craig Watson, Director of the University of Florida’s Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory. Although Craig has worked in many different areas of aquaculture, he has always had an obsession for aquarium fish sex—figuring out what it is that makes fish want to breed—and it’s not just all about soft lights and music!  He’s helped many farmers crack the secrets of the intimate world of fish—and will share some fascinating stories with us today.  Join us!