MUSCAT: Under the instruction and supervision of Dr Wenresti Gallardo, students of Fish Reproductive Physiology and Breeding course at the Department of Marine Science and Fisheries, Sultan Qaboos University, were successful in inducing the koi carp to spawn on March 16 and two days after spawning, most of the eggs were hatched. This is the first successful breeding of koi carp in SQU and perhaps in Oman.
Koi carp is a large ornamental variety of common carp, originally bred in Japan but is now bred also in other countries. Three years ago, koi carp juveniles were obtained from Thailand through the efforts of Dr Gilha Yoon, MSF Technicians, Ahmed al Souti and Adil al Sulaimani. The koi carps were reared in the aquaculture facility at the Agriculture Experiment Station (AES) of the university and are now ready to be used as spawners.
The baby fish (larvae) are now being taken care of by Mohamed al Wahaibi, Dhabya al Rasbi, Madrak al Aufi, Salim al Mamari, Aaisha al Rahbi, Bushra al Kharusi, and Mohammed al Qarni, with the help of Muntaser (AES staff) and Ahmed al Souti. “Hopefully, we can continue to make the koi carps reproduce and we do not have to buy them from other countries. Adult koi carp with beautiful colour design can be sold to fish hobbyists at around RO 50 per piece,” Dr Gallardo said.