What is broodstock management?

Broodstock management involves all the appropriate measures taken by the aquaculturist to enable a captive group of fish to undergo reproductive maturation and spawning, and produce fertilized eggs.

What is the importance of proper broodstock management to aquaculture?

Broodstock management covers three particular aspects of the rearing process: (a) The selection of fish with desirable hereditary qualities typical of improved strains such as rapid growth potential, higher resistance to dissolved oxygen deficiency and adverse water quality, strong appetite, omnivorous feeding regime.

Why is it important to have broodstock selection?

Broodstock managers can use or select for traits such as fast growth rates or disease resistance over generations to produce more desirable fish. Broodstocks also enable you to selectively plan and control all matings. Selective breeding is an important part of the domestication of aquaculture species.

What is broodstock conditioning?

Conditioning broodstock is essential in the provision of larvae for culture (Figure 32). It is the procedure by which hatcheries are able to extend their production season, removing reliance on the relatively brief period in the year when adults of the desired species are bearing mature gametes in the sea.

What is a rearing pond?

WHAT IS A WALLEYE REARING POND? A walleye rearing pond is designed and managed for the purpose of raising walleye, Stitzostedion vitreum, from a fry (newly hatched) to a fingerling stage. These fingerlings are usually used to stock natural lakes and streams.

What is fish seed?

In fisheries, the seed refers to the fish’s eggs. These are fertilised cells that produce new offspring. The hatchling stage, the spawn stage, the fry stage, and the fingerling stage, often known as the juvenile stage, are the four stages of baby fish utilised as seeds in new ponds and fisheries.

What is aquaculture and why is it important?

Aquaculture helps to reduce the reliance and impact on wild stock. The use of unsustainable fishing methods such as bottom trawlers is also reduced. Aquaculture systems often take advantage of harvested runoffs, storm water and surface water. This reduces the need to depend on other sources of water supply.

What is fish broodstock?

Broodstock is a group of sexually mature adult fish that are bred together in a hatchery or aquaculture facility. Segregated broodstock hatchery programs use hatchery salmon and steelhead (identified by their clipped adipose fin) each year as broodstock for the next generation of hatchery fish.

What is Hypophysation in fish?

Hypophysation is a technique whereby ripe fish brooders are stimulated by pituitary hormone introduction to spawn in captive condition. Injected pituitary gland extract bypasses the brain-pituitary lin , acting directly on the ovaries and testes, providing the surge in blood GtH levels that normally precede spawning.

What is the purpose of rearing pond?

Pond where spawn is reared up to fry stage is known as nursery pond. Pond where fry are reared up to fingerling stage are known as rearing pond.

Can you grow walleye in a pond?

Walleye fingerlings have been raised in outdoor ponds by state agencies and others for many years. However, there is no single pond design that has proven optimal. Successful rearing ponds are from 1 to 5 acres in size, 4 to 10 feet in depth and sloped to a water control structure.

What do we call fish baby?

Larval: Larval fish live off a yolk sac attached to their bodies. When the yolk sac is fully absorbed, the young fish are called fry. Fry: Fry are ready to start eating on their own. Fry undergo several more developmental stages, which vary by species, as they mature into adults.