|Wills, Paul -|
Submitted to: Book of Abstracts World Aquaculture Society
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: September 28, 2009
Publication Date: March 1, 2010
Citation: Wills, P.S., Pfeiffer, T.J., Riche, M.A. 2010. Production of Florida pompano Trachinotus carolinus in low salinity systems [abstract]. Book of Abstracts World Aquaculture Society. p.1091. Technical Abstract: Florida pompano is one of several marine finfish species currently being evaluated for culture in the U.S. Research indicates that these high value marine finfish demonstrate suitable qualities for culture including acceptance of formulated feeds, rapid growth, and adaptability to various culture systems and environments. The USDA ARS project objective at the Aquaculture Park of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute – Florida Atlantic University is to develop the commercial viability of the Florida pompano in low salinity recirculating aquaculture systems. There are two different 4-tank RAS designs, each replicated four times inside a 9850 m2 greenhouse utilized for the species production trials. One design is a low-head system with a 2-hp propeller pump and 3.5 m3 moving bead biofilter. The other design includes centrifugal pumps and two submerged media biofilters (0.7 m3) with plastic floating bead media. Each system consists of 4 tanks for replicate treatment designs that are three meters in diameter and one meter deep. A synopsis of the design characteristics and operating criteria of the systems is to be presented in addition to a review of the research production research results of pompano culture at low salinity (< 5 ppt) and various feed rates.