The progress of science and technology is currently growing rapidly which is useful for aspects of human life. In the field of fisheries and marine is also no less participating in this progress. New discoveries that arise due to fishery problems, especially in fish farming. The technology that has been widely used in fish farming is molecular biotechnology, one of these technologies is the development of laserpuncture technology.
Laserpuncture technology as a biostimulator for reproductive engineering of gonadal maturation. More specifically, laserpuncture technology is a modern technology with stimulation techniques at acupuncture points using a laser that has the effect of being a biostimulator, so that it can increase gonadal maturation, accelerate spawning and shorten the reproductive cycle of some species.
The Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Affairs, Universitas Airlangga has a superior program in participating in technology development, namely forming a research group on fishery biotechnology chaired by Dr. Akhmad Taufiq Mukti, who is often called Mr. ATM. Dr. Taufiq and his team members consisting of various lecturers who have been involved in biotechnology research have succeeded in breeding several local commodities that are ready to be developed into superior commodities through the application of laserpuncture technology.
It has been reported that in 2018, Mr. ATM and other teams have investigated the effectiveness of laserpuncture technology on gonad maturation of male and female Siamese catfish. The use of laserpuncture technology has also been carried out on mangrove crab species in 2007 by Dr. Taufiq who collaborated with teaching staff from PGRI Adi Buana University and Surabaya State University as well as on African catfish in 2008 together with Dr. Woro Hastuti Satyantini is one of the fisheries biotechnology research group teams collaborating with teaching staff from PGRI Adi Buana University and Surabaya State University. Dr. Taufiq also collaborated with a laser expert from the Department of Physics, FST Unair (Prof. Dr. Suryani Dyah Astuti) in researching the application of different types of laser light (red and infrared light) to the reproductive cycle of fish. Currently, Mr. ATM and his team are researching the application of laserpuncture for cultured fish and natural fish in an effort to develop hatcheries and domesticate their cultivation through the National Competitive Multiyear Fund from the Ministry of Education and Culture. In the future, the use of technology will continue to be carried out in order to produce research that is beneficial to the community, especially fish cultivators.