Key Applications of Nucleic Acid Purification in Aquaculture

Aquaculture is a method for breeding, raising, and harvesting fish, shellfish, and aquatic plants.

DNA barcoding

  • A common method used in the breeding of fish. DNA is extracted and used to make a “barcode” by amplifying a section of the DNA.
  • These barcodes are unique to each fish species and assist biodiversity research as well as help keep track of fish at different stages of growth.

Aquaculture has similar applications to agriculture with the main difference being this type of farming takes place in the water rather than land.

Implications of Nucleic Acid Purification in Aquaculture

  • High-quality nucleic acid purification ensures the continued success of aquaculture as a food source as well as a strategy for conservation.
  • Almost 70% of fish eaten in the United States has been farmed using aquaculture.
  • Establishing proper protocol for aquaculture is integral for preventing the overexploitation of the ocean.
  • Omega Bio-tek’s products can extract high-quality DNA from water sources for success in water quality testing.
  • Our tissue Kits can also be used to extract DNA from the fish farmed with aquaculture to monitor the presence of any diseases.


Domingues, R. R., Garrone‐Neto, D., Hilsdorf, A. W., & Gadig, O. B. (2019). Use of mucus as a non‐invasive sampling method for DNA barcoding of stingrays and skates (Batoid elasmobranchs). Journal of fish biology94(3), 512-516.

Fishkillflea. How Much of Commercially Farmed Fish is Actually Eaten in the USA?, accessed 06/15/2023

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