Culture of Sea bass (Lates calcarifer) in Cages in Ponds
Asian sea bass (Lates calcarifer), a popular edible marine fin fish, commands consistent demand in domestic and international markets. It has widely been distributed in the Indo-Pacific region and extending up to Taiwan, the southeast Australian coast, Papua New Guinea, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal and extends to the Persian Gulf region. In India, sea bass fishery is reported from all along the coast including the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Having the characteristics of catadromous pattern of life cycle, its population occupies a wide range of habitats starting from freshwater lakes, rivers, estuaries and inshore coastal waters. However, the adult fish migrate to deeper inshore sea areas for spawning and as such the early cycle is restricted in seawater areas. Besides, exploiting its natural resources from different environmental conditions, the sea bass become a compatible species for aquaculture in saline water as well as freshwater conditions.
KeywordsNicobar Island Pellet Feed Cage Culture Trash Fish Persian Gulf Region
The author is gratefully acknowledging the approval of the honourable chairman and the director of MPEDA-HO, Kochi, for presenting the findings obtained through demonstrations and the support extended by the deputy director (Aqua) of MPEDA, Thanjavur, and other officials and staff for conducting successful demonstration. Thanks are also due to B. John Antony, MPEDA, Thanjavur, for preparing this text.
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