During Dr. Ibarra-Castro's time as a postdoc, it was identified that a major obstacle for the development and intensification of the finfish aquaculture industry is the failure of broodstock to reproduce predictably and grow its larvae in captivity. In the last 8 years working for CIAD, his goal was to create a bridge between basic knowledge and applied knowledge in aquaculture field. All the basic knowledge in fish reproduction (Handling, Endocrinology and Nutrition) and early development in eggs and larvae (Embryonic Develop, Larval Morphology, Physiology and Nutrition) had been applied to achieved the pilot production of different species of snappers, croaker and snook; designing environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture production systems for the industry, governmental environmental agencies, education and social communities. Through this time, he had been involved in teaching graduate students and professionals in the area of fish reproduction, broodstock handling and the application of assisted reproduction technologies, publishing more than 40 articles, and had been active in consulting private industry in Mexico and Latin America countries.
- Control of reproduction of marine fish in captivity
- Larval rearing of marine fish
- New technology development for massive marine fish production
- Transfer technology