Broodstock Management and Control of the Reproductive Cycle

  • P. FontaineEmail author
  • N. Wang
  • B. Hermelink


The annual reproductive cycles of percid fish have been clearly characterized for males and females in various natural habitats mainly from North-America or Eurasia, including morpho-anatomical, histological and physiological studies. From this strong basal knowledge, numerous experimental approaches were conducted to understand the environmental and hormonal controls of these reproductive cycles, and to develop artificial programmes in order to obtain delayed or out-of season spawning. It was demonstrated that photoperiod and temperature variations were the major environmental cues. Now efficient photo-thermal programmes exist and have been used by SMEs in intensive fish farming conditions (water recirculating systems).


Percids Spawning Reproductive cycle Hormonal control Maturity 


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  1. 1.Unité de Recherche Animal et Fonctionnalités des Produits AnimauxUniversité de LorraineVandoeuvre-lès-NancyFrance
  2. 2.Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland FisheriesBerlinGermany

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