Submitted to: Global Aquaculture Advocate
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: June 4, 2013
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Probiotics are considered an alternative to other treatments enhancing immune response, growth, or feed efficiency in animal rearing systems. While probiotics are extensively used in livestock practices, their use in aquaculture has not been as prevalent due to many factors, including a knowledge gap for many species. Of particular interest is the potential of probiotics as an immune-stimulant during early life stages of finfish, as the hatchery and nursery stages are critical to the success of production systems. However, there are many challenges to successfully incorporate probiotics into larviculture, mainly due to difficulties in packaging and incorporating probiotics into the larval diets. One likely solution consists of utilizing live feeds as an enrichment to larval fish. We describe parameters for the implementation of live feed enrichment with probiotics into diets of intensive yellow perch larviculture.