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The process begins with the careful selection of breeding stock. Female pompano are induced to develop eggs and to spawn on demand. This controlled reproductive cycle is essential to steady-state farm production. Once spawned, eggs hatch in twenty-four hours. Newly hatched larvae quickly develop into juvenile fish. Pompano take almost a year to reach marketable size. The finished product is processed to consumer specification.

Florida's Highest Valued Fish


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"FAO 2016. Culture Aquatic Species Information Programme.
Trachinotus spp. Cultured Aquatic Species Information Programme.
Text by, McMaster, M.F. and Gopakumar, G.
In: FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (online). Rome."

Update 1 January 2016. (cited 1 July 2016)

"Pompano: A Sustainable ECO-Pond Approach To
Profitable Farmimg"
August 2013
Status of Pompano Farming Methodologies - 2013
December 28, 2013

Prospects for Commercial Pompano Mariculture - 2003
February 18, 2003
Aquaculture America 2003, Louisville

Pompano Farms -2004
January 24, 2004

Pompano Mariculture in Low Salinity Ponds
October 20, 2005
Sustainable Marine Fish Culture Conference
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution

Florida Pompano Is an Alternative Species for
Low Salinity Shrimp Pond Farming.

February 14, 2006
Aquaculture America 2006, Las Vegas

An Economic and Operation Model for the Growout
of Florida Pompano in Sea Cages.

February 26, 2007
Aquaculture 2007, San Antonio

An Economic and Operational Model for the Grow-out of
Florida Pompano in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems.

October 17, 2007
Sustainable Marine Fish Culture Conference
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution

Pompano Farming: Investment Criteria and Analysis.
February 11, 2008
Aquaculture America 2008, Orlando

Pompano Farms, LLC.
Progress Report for June 2009

June 29, 2009

Seasoned travelers to the Florida Gold Coast
and gourmet diners throughout the world recognize Pompano
as a true delicacy ... perhaps the finest eating fish there is.

We know you want more seafood ... you've told us.
So we're preparing the finest ... and better than that, the very finest,
because the Pompano you will be served is

What is Mariculture? Well it's farming of the sea
and these Pompano have been raised in captivity, right from the egg.
The process is brand new and absolutely fascinating.

The great thing about Mariculture is that these
fish are quality controilled to give you that
fresh, tasty flavor and firm, flaky texture.

They are grown under controlled conditions to insure purity.
We're certain ... because we know where they come from
and what they had for dinner.


Scientific Name: Trachinotus carolinus
Aquaculture Potential : Excellent
Aquaculture Technology: Proven and Available
Opportunity: Contracted Fry Production
Profitable: Sells for $5 per pound and more (ex. vessel price)
Short Supply: Florida's Ban The Net Law Shut Down The Supply
Saltwater Tolerance: 10 to 35 0/00
Durable Fish for Growout: cage or pond
Fast Growth: One pound in 9 months


The most recent description of Pompano Status at MTI is described in the technical paper "Florida Pompano is an Alternative Species for Low Salinity Shrimp Pond Farming" , 2006. The first technical paper in a planned series addressing Aquaculture Economics was presented at Aquaculture 2007, "An Economic and Operation Model for the Growout of Florida Pompano in Sea Cages". An earlier paper by McMaster at the 1987 Caribbean Aquaculture and Trade Expo in Puerto Rico entitled "Pompano Mariculture: Past Success and Present Opportunities" is also available.  


Interested parties contact: Michael F. McMaster
at Mariculture Technologies International, Inc.
P.O. Box 1020
Oak Hill, FL 32759


Phone: 386-345-3337
Fax: 386-345-3786
E-mail: McMaster@Mariculturetechnology.com

The exclusive source for proven Pompano Technology