News features and technical articles about the evolution of aquaculture, one of the world’s fastest growing industries.


Health & Welfare

Larviculture of the West Indian pointed venus

Larviculture and culture density research with West Indian pointed venus is relevant to restocking efforts to support the extractive fisheries from natural banks and also for the development of aquaculture. 

Health & Welfare

Determining safe levels of ammonia and nitrite for shrimp culture

A study aimed to determine safe levels of ammonia and nitrite to various life stages of the Amazon river prawn, based on the hypothesis that the early stages of development of M. amazonicum are more sensitive to ammonia and nitrite 

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Health & Welfare

Live feed enrichment with probiotics

Probiotics can provide needed micronutrients that prime immune responses in larval fish, thus increasing their survival in culture. Probiotic dosing can be applied via immersion, microcosm approaches and enrichment of live and formulated feeds. 

Health & Welfare

Larviculture protocols for cobia

While Asia’s more extensive approaches for cobia larviculture are effective, more intensive methods are used in the Americas. Most facilities still rely heavily upon wild-capture broodstock. 

Health & Welfare

Captive reproduction, larviculture of Florida pompano

U.S. trials indicated wild-caught pampano could be feed trained and spawned in captivity via hormonal induction. Observations of fecundity, egg fertilization rates, and spawning frequency suggested that quan­tities of pompano seedstock could be produced over time. Although survival during test 

Health & Welfare

Improved shrimp larviculture using diatoms

Progressive hatchery operators recognize the benefits of adding benthic pennate diatoms of the genera Amphora and Navicula to their larviculture tanks. 


Use of spirulina in larviculture

Spirulina platensis is an edible planktonic filamentous bluegreen algae that can be used in fish feeds and as a supplement when feeding prawn larvae.