Presentation Title: Ornamental Wrasse Culture: Is Commercial Production Within Reach?
Elizabeth (Liz) Groover spent more than half her life living in New Hampshire, always intrigued by the marine life inhabiting its “expansive” 18 miles of coastline. Knowing her career path would somehow involve the ocean and its inhabitants, she pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology and a minor in Aquaculture and Aquarium Science at Roger Williams University (RWU) in Rhode Island. At RWU, Liz gained extensive experience in ornamental fish husbandry, live feeds culture, and larviculture while working in Dr. Andrew Rhyne’s marine lab. Her experience included work with several species of clownfish (Amphiprion sp.), the Catalina goby (Lythrypnus dalli), and the yasha goby (Stonogobiops yasha), which was successfully bred for the first time at RWU during the summer of 2015.
After graduating from RWU in 2015, Liz traveled half way around the world and embarked on a six-month internship with Biota Marine Life Nursery in Palau. During her six months in paradise, she worked alongside Tom Bowling and Biota staff, learning many facets of commercial ornamental aquaculture, and in her spare time, experiencing some of the best scuba diving in the world.
In August 2016, Liz began her master’s program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at the University of Florida Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory under the guidance of Dr. Matthew DiMaggio. Her research was funded through Rising Tide Conservation and focused on developing aquaculture protocols for three highly valuable species of ornamental wrasses: the melanurus wrasse (Halichoeres melanurus), yellow wrasse (H. chrysus), and the radiant wrasse (H. iridis). Her research resulted in closing the life cycle of the melanurus wrasse and illuminating key elements of wrasse culture that will further advance the marine ornamental aquaculture industry.
Science aside, Liz is a true fish nerd and enjoys aquarium keeping, scuba diving, and traveling to new and exotic places.