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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: More Efficient Fish

Author
item Silverstein, Jeff

Submitted to: Colorado Aquaculture Association Newsletter
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: June 1, 2003
Publication Date: November 1, 2003
Citation: Silverstein, J. 2003. More efficient fish. Colorado Aquaculture Association Newsletter, 'The Fish Line'. 15(2):9.

Interpretive Summary: Because feed costs represent nearly half the total cost of production for most animals, including fish, improving growth and feed efficiency are top priorities for improving profitability of fish culture. Improved feed efficiency means better utilization of feed for production of meat, in other words increasing the pounds of growth per pound of feed consumed. This entails in large part, minimizing the amount of energy going into metabolic maintenance. At the National Center for Cool and Cold Water Aquaculture researchers are working to improve the feed efficiency and growth of rainbow trout by selectively breeding animals with the best performance. In this article, work begun to identify fish that grow more efficiently is described.

Technical Abstract: Feed costs represent nearly half the total cost of production for most animals, including fish, so improving growth and feed efficiency are top priorities for improving profitability of fish culture. Improved feed efficiency means better utilization of feed for production of meat, in other words increasing the pounds of growth per pound of feed consumed. Individual fish are being monitored for the proportion of feed energy that is used for growth and the proportion used for metabolic maintenance. There were significant differences in metabolic costs between different strains of rainbow trout. Efficiency can be improved by minimizing the amount of energy going into metabolic maintenance. In this article, work begun to identify fish that grow more efficiently is described.

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