SALTONSTALL KENNEDY GRANT PROGRAM
Commercial Tank Culture of Summer Flounder
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GRANT NUMBER:  NA46FD0330           NMFS NUMBER:   93-NER-007

REPORT TITLE:  Commercial Tank Culture of Summer Flounder

AUTHOR:  New England Fisheries Development Association

PUBLISH DATE:  May 1996

AVAILABLE FROM: National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Region, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930.  PHONE: (978) 281-9267

ABSTRACT

Prior Saltonstall-Kennedy Research has shown summer flounder, Paralichthys dentatus, to be a potential candidate for commercial culture. This project undertook numerous experiments to determine the feasibility of commercial culture. Experiments were directed at both the larval and juvenile stages of the fishes life history. The research was aimed at improving larval survival, better defining nutritional needs and at what stages these needs are critical, stocking densities of juveniles, growth rates, feed trials and how to minimize the development of malpigmented juveniles. Additional research evaluated the market potential for farm raised summer flounder and the economics of farming summer flounder in a land-based tank farm. Since one of the most likely scenarios of a commercial tank farm would include recirculating technology, the research involved setting up a recirculating system for all of the juvenile culture experiments.

 
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