Federico Rotman

Research Scientist


Major Research Areas

Fisheries Biology and Marine Ecology



  • M.S., University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

Current Research

  • Dick Laub Fisheries Replenishment Program team member
  • Pacific Ocean Aquafarms technical development
  • Various marine fish culture and system development projects
  • Integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA)

Federico José Rotman has been working in the field of marine fish culture for over 20 years. In 2001, he completed a master’s degree from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and has been involved with commercial and research marine fish aquaculture since. He has extensive experience with the culture of many marine species, among them being California yellowtail (Seriola dorsalis), California halibut (Paralichthys californicus), almaco jack (Seriola rivoliana), yellowtail kingfish (Seriola lalandi), yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares), cobia (Rachycentron canadum), white seabass (Atractoscion nobilis), and giant grouper (Epinephelus lanceolatus). Federico has been a commercial hatchery manager in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i, a national and international aquaculture consultant and after joining Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute in 2010, he became a Research Scientist and the Special Projects Manager.

For the past 10 years, Federico has been responsible for a number of HSWRI research initiatives including the development of cutting-edge marine fish culture methods and associated equipment.  Federico is an integral member of the teams responsible for breakthroughs in California yellowtail, California halibut and white seabass hatchery production.  Moreover he has lead the efforts in developing and trialing new recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) technology as well as other industry-changing equipment such as the self-cleaning larval fish tank.

Selected Publications

F.J Rotman, K. Stuart and M. Drawbridge (2016) Effects of taurine supplementation in live feeds on larval rearing performance of California yellowtail (Seriola lalandi) and white seabass (Atractoscion nobilis).  Aquaculture Research.  48(3) pp. 1232-1239.

Stuart, F.J. Rotman and M. Drawbridge (2016). Methods of microbial control in marine fish larval rearing: clay-based turbidity and passive larval transfer. Aquaculture Research. 47(8) pp. 2470-2480.

Rotman, F., K. Stuart, and M. Drawbridge. 2013. Intensive juvenile production of yellowtail amberjack (Seriola lalandi) in Southern California. In Rust, M., et al. (editors) Hatchery Tech for High Quality Juv Prod: Proceedings of the 40th U.S.-JP Aquaculture Panel Symp, Honolulu, HI, Oct 22-23, 2012. U.S. DOC, NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-F/SPO-136. p75.

F.J Rotman, M.A. Riche, P. Van Wyk and D.D. Benetti (2011).  Efficacy of a commercial probiotic relative to oxytetracycline as Gram-negative bacterial control agents in a rotifer (Brachionus plicatilis) batch culture. North American Journal of Aquaculture. 73. pp.343-349.                            

F.J. Rotman, D.D. Benetti, J.F. Alarcon, O. Stevens, G. Banner-Stevens, W. Matzie, M.W. Feeley, S. Zimmerman, B. O’Hanlon and L. Eldridge.  (2003)  Advances in aquaculture technology of mutton snapper, Lutjanus analis, and Greater Amberjack, Seriola dumerili, two candidate species for offshore grow-out.  Pages 215-221 in C.J. Bridger and B.A. Costa-Pierce, editors.  Open Ocean Aquaculture:  From Research to Commercial Reality.  The World Aquaculture Society, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States.

F.J. Rotman, D.D. Benetti and E. DeMicoo.  (2001)  Preliminary Report on the use of a commercially available probiotic product as a microbial control agent in the larval rearing of the marine Sciaenidae spotted seatrout, Cynoscion nebulosus.  Journal of Tropical Aquaculture.  May 2005 pp. 175-184.

D.D. Benetti, F.J. Rotman and E. DeMicco.  (2001)  Proactive Health Management: Using Probiotics in Marine Finfish Hatcheries.  Global Aquaculture Advocate.  4(5).  pp.  30.       

D.D. Benetti, S. Zimmerman, F.J. Rotman, J.F. Alarcon, O. Stevens and W. Matzie.  (2001)  Cleaner Fish: Neon Gobies Control Ectoparasites in Marine Fish Broodstock Systems.  Global Aquaculture Advocate.  4(5).  pp.  36-37.

D.D. Benetti, J.A. Alarcon, O. Stevens, F.J. Rotman, G. Banner-Stevens, S. Zimmerman, M. Feeley, W. Matzie, M.R. Orhun, B. O’Hanlon and L. Eldridge.  (2001)  Marine fish culture prospects in Latin America and the Caribbean: review of candidate species and technological advances.  JWAS: Proceedings from Honduras 2001.

D.D. Benetti, J. Matera, O. Stevens, J.F. Alarcon, M.W. Feeley, F.J. Rotman, Y.Minemoto, G. Banner-Stevens, J. Fanke, S. Zimmerman and L. Eldridge.  (2001)  Growth, survival and feed conversion rates of hatchery-reared mutton snapper, Lutjanus analis, cultured in floating net cages.  Journal of the World Aquaculture Society. 33(3).  pp. 349-357.

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