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This book describes, in detail, the principles and practice of tilapia culture. All aspects of the subject are covered, from basic biology, environmental requirements, nutrition and reproduction, to culture in intensive and semi-intensive systems. There is also discussion of stress and diseases, harvesting and marketing of farmed tilapia, the role of tilapia culture in rural development and environmental impact of tilapia culture.
Tilapia are sometimes known as "aquatic chicken", due to their high growth rates, adaptability to a wide range of environmental conditions, ability to grow and reproduce in captivity and feed on low trophic levels. As a result, these fishes have become excellent candidates for aquaculture, especially in tropical and subtropical regions. Indeed, tilapia culture has been expanding rapidly, and is now practised in more than one hundred countries worldwide.
Current State and Future Potential; Basic Biology and Ecology; Environmental Requirements; Semi-intensive Culture; Intensive Culture; Nutrition and Feeding; Reproduction and Seed Production; Stress and Diseases; Harvesting, Processing and Economics; The role of Tilapia Culture in Rural Development; Recent Technological Innovations; Environmental Impacts.
Tilapia Culture does a very good job of covering all aspects of the subject and should quickly become the standard reference work on the topic. R R Stickney, Texas A&M University, USA"