The Israeli Journal of Aquaculture - Bamidgeh 55(4), 2003
The 7th Annual Dan Popper Symposium


INTRODUCTION OF THE BARRAMUNDI (LATES CALCARIFER)
TO AQUACULTURE FARMS IN THE NEGEV AND ARAVA
REGIONS IN ISRAEL


R.Segev¹*, S. Shoval¹, B. Ron², A. Peduel², A. Barki³, S. Harpaz³ and I. Karplus³

1 Desert Aquaculture, Arava Research and Development, Sapir, Israel

2 Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Ltd., National Center for Mariculture, P.O. Box 1212, Eilat 88112, Israel

3 Department of Aquaculture, Agricultural Research Organization, Beit Dagan, Israel


Abstract

The barramundi, Lates calcarifer, is a fast growing, high quality, predatory fish, recently introduced in several aquaculture farms in the Negev and Arava regions of Israel. Total production is currently about 30 tons per year. The introduction of the barramundi was accompanied by R&D activities which aimed at (a) developing practical interfaces to lessen cannibalism among fry and promote uniform and rapid growth;( b) inding alternative sources of supply of fingerlings for commercial farms; and (c) tracking activities at the commercial farms. The research focused on the effects of various factors on survival and growth of small fish as well as the breeding performance of a brood stock. The tested factors were crowding, the complexity of the breeding environment, the social environment, feeding management, salinity and photoperiod. This presentation summarizes the results of the experiments as well as production from the local farms.

*email: fish@arava.co.il

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