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Biology and Culture of Percid Fishes: Principles and Practices

  • Compiles all the latest scientific work on percid fish biology and aquaculture
  • Details all biological aspects of the percid species
  • Describes practical techniques for commercial production of this freshwater fish group
  • Reviews the latest studies on percid fish biology

By: Patrick Kestemont(Editor), Konrad Dabrowski(Editor), Robert C Summerfelt(Editor)

901 pages, 149 colour & 65 b/w photos and illustrations, tables


Hardback | Oct 2015 | #226149 | ISBN-13: 9789401772266
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NHBS Price: £153.00 $201/€171 approx

About this book

This extensive work focuses on an important group of temperate freshwater fish, approaching the topic from the perspectives of both biology and aquaculture. It compiles the latest research on fish belonging to the Percidae family and describes in detail all biological aspects relevant to the culture of different species, including ecology, reproductive physiology, feeding and nutrition, genetics, immunology, stress physiology and behavior. It also considers commercial fish production and fish farming topics, such as protocols for induction of gonad maturation, spawning, incubation and larval rearing.

Expert contributors not only provide a critical peer review of scientific literature but also original research data, and identify effective practical techniques. Biology and Culture of Percid Fishes features chapters on systematics, ecology and evolution, on development, metabolism and husbandry of early life stages and on growth, metabolism, behavior and husbandry of juvenile and grow-out stages. Furthermore, the authors consider genetic improvement and domestication, as well as diseases and health management, crucial to the readers' understanding of these fish and how they can be cultured.

Both researchers of percid fish biology and aquaculture professionals who are considering intensive and pond culture of percid fishes will value this timely and comprehensive handbook.


Section I: Systematics, Ecology, and Evolution of percids
1. Taxonomy, Distribution, and Evolution of the Percidae
2. Environmental biology of percid fishes

Section II: Reproductive biology
3. Brood stock management and control of the reproductive cycle
4. Artificial reproduction of percid fishes
5. Sperm morphology, physiology, motility, and cryopreservation in Percidae
6. Evaluation and improvements of egg and larval quality in percid fishes

Section III: Early life stages: development, metabolism and husbandry
7. Development of the sense organs in percid fishes
8. Development and functionality of the digestive system in percid fishes early life stages
9. Culture methods of Eurasian perch and yellow perch early life stages
10. Culture methods of pikeperch early life stages
11. Intensive culture of walleye from egg incubation to juvenile

Section IV: Juvenile and grow-out stages: growth, metabolism, behavior and husbandry
12. Muscle protein characteristic and its association with faster growth in percids and other teleosts
13. The energy requirements of percid fish in culture
14. Bioenergetics modeling of percid fishes: lessons learned
15. Behaviour of percid fishes in the wild and its relevance for culture
16. Culture methods of European perch during ongrowing
17. Intensive culture methods of walleye during ongrowing
18. Large scale production of yellow perch, walleye, and hybrid walleye in ponds
19. The ecology of lifetime growth in percid fishes

Section V: Nutrition, feeds and feeding practices
20. Nutritional requirements and feeding of broodstock and early life stages of Eurasian perch and pikeperch
21. Effects of dietary levels of PUFA fed to adult yellow perch on the fatty acid composition of eggs and larvae characteristics - new research directions
22. Feeding and nutrition of percid fishes during ongrowing stages

Section VI: Genetic improvement and domestication
23. Sex and ploidy manipulation in percid fishes
24. Performances of hybrid percids
25. Comparative Genetic Diversity, Population Structure, and Adaptations of Walleye and Yellow Perch across North America
26. Production of genetically defined perch broodstocks and their selection for fast growth
27. Genetic improvement in percids

Section VII: Stress, immunology, diseases and health management
28. Corticosteroids and the stress response in percid fish
29. Domestication and responses to stress
30. Immune status and immunomodulation in percid fish
31. Percid fish health and diseases

Section VIII: Commercial production, quality, marketing and economics
32. Current status of Eurasian percid fishes aquaculture
33. Concept and determinism of quality in Percid fishes
34. The Market for European perch
35. Commercial production - factors for success and limitations in European percid fish culture

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