Tilapia are tolerant of variable water quality and are robust against disease. Recent advances in strain selection and production of monosex populations has further increased their popularity as an aquaculture species.
Xelect has discovered and validated simple functional genetic markers for optimal fillet yield. Fish bearing the High Yield genotype typically have yield 8% above average. This gain is worth around $200 / tonne at processing. The FAO predicts a continued increase in demand for fillets and processed tilapia products in developed markets such as Europe and the USA.