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An illustrated hatchery guide for the production of clawed lobsters (Using a green water technique)

The objective of this project was to establish reliable and low cost methods for culturing European clawed lobsters (Homarus gammarus) under controlled conditions to a size suitable for their release into the wild.

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Abalone Hatchery Manual

Abalone are a very high value shellfish with prices of up 70€/kg commonplace. The Irish abalone industry has been slow to develop but in more recent years with the successful establishment of a number of commercial hatcheries around the south and west coasts, in addition to developments in land-based recirculation technologies.

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Better Management Practices (BMP) Manual for Black Tiger Shrimp (Penaeus monodon) Hatcheries in Viet Nam

Vietnam has produced black tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon) seed for nearly 20 years but growth has been limited by various health and management issues. This document focuses on the implementation of BMPs for black tiger shrimp hatcheries covering all critical stages and processes in the production cycle.

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Improving Penaeus monodon hatchery practices - Manual based on experience in India

This document reviews the current state of the Indian shrimp hatchery industry and provides detailed guidance and protocols for improving the productivity, health management, biosecurity and sustainability of the sector

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Health management and biosecurity maintenance in white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) hatcheries in Latin America

This document provides technical guidance on how to improve the health and quality of postlarvae produced in hatcheries through improved facility maintenance and husbandry, broodstock maturation, larval rearing, feeding, water quality management, biosecurity and health management, using interventions at different points of the hatchery production process.

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Manual on Hatchery Production of Seabass and Gilthead Seabream Volume 2

Seabass and gilthead seabream characterize the development of marine aquaculture in the Mediterranean basin. Based originally on Japanese hatchery techniques, Mediterranean hatchery technology is still evolving. This is Part 2 of a two-part manual.

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Manual on Hatchery Production of Seabass and Gilthead Seabream - Volume 1

The manual has been divided in two volumes, with this first one divided in three parts. The first part deals with the historical background and a discussion of the main factors that affect fish seed production. The second has been devoted to the life history and biology of the species. This includes also a short section on microalgae, rotifers and brine shrimp. The third section deals with hatchery production procedures, from broodstock management to production of live feed, egg management, larval rearing weaning, fry transport, and diseases.

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Manual on Control of Malformations in Fish Aquaculture

Coordinated by FEAP, the FINEFISH (Reduction of malformations in farmed fish species) project manual targets the operators and managers of the hatcheries that raise the major species that are produced in European aquaculture, although there are many protocols and recommendations that are applicable to the many ‘minor’ species that are also the subject of professional attention.

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Catfish 2010: Part I: Reference of Catfish Health and Production Practices in the United States, 2009

The Catfish 2010 study is the third investigation of the industry by the National Animal Health Monitoring System. This study is a broad look at management, production, and health practices across the various facets of the catfish industry, including breeding, hatching, and foodsize-fish growout. This report focuses on the breeding and hatching components of the industry.

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A Guide to small-scale marine Finfish Hatchery technology

This guide provides an outline of the requirements to establish a small-scale marine finfish hatchery, particularly the economic aspects. It provides some basic technical information in order to give an indication of the level of technical expertise necessary for operation. Additional resources, such as training courses in marine finfish hatchery production are listed.

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Biology and Culture of the Hard Clam (Mercenaria mercenaria)

Manual for production of the Hard Clam. 

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Softshell Clam Culture: Hatchery Phase, Broodstock Care through Seed Production

Joseph K. Buttner and Scott Weston, Northeastern Massachusetts Aquaculture Center and Salem State College Brian F. Beal, University of Maine at Machias and Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education NRAC Publication No. 202-2010 (PDF) More resources from Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center

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Hatchery culture of bivalves: A practical manual

This manual is part of the publications programme of the Fisheries Department Inland Water Resources and Aquaculture Service of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. It is a synthesis of the current methodologies applicable to the intensive hatchery culture of bivalve molluscs covering similarities and differences in approach in rearing clams, oysters and scallops in different climatic regions. All aspects of the culture process are described, together with considerations in choosing a site for hatchery development and in the design of suitable facilities. The manual also includes the post-hatchery handling of “seed” bivalves in land- and sea-based nursery culture preparatory to on-growing. This publication is intended to assist both technicians entering this field as well as investors interested in evaluating the complexity of intensive hatchery production. 

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Manual on Sturgeon Reproduction

The basis of every fish farming operation is successful reproduction and the security of a regular supply of high quality fingerlings. Therefore, Coppens International offers this manual to assist in the set up of reliable hatchery procedures for sturgeon. This booklet contains a general description of the sturgeon biology and describes relevant items for successful repro- duction and hatchery management as known for sturgeon at present. It has to be noticed that the described procedures are only meant as guidelines. All mentioned parameters need to be checked and adjusted by the hatchery manager to the specific sturgeon species, life stage and the particular hatchery conditions. 

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Training Manual: Biology and Culture of Sea Bass (Lates calcarifer)

In order to extend the technology of seabass culture, this manual is prepared to serve as a practical guide for extension workers and farmers. Its contents are based on research findings in addition to many years of accumulated practical experience and field observations...Read More.

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Management of milkfish broodstock

The manual on milkfish (Chanos chanos) broodstock management covers the following topics: reproductive biology; sources of broodstock; holding facilities for broodstock; feeding; determination of gonadal development; spawning and egg collection; transport of spawned eggs; determination of percent viable eggs; and determination of hatching rate...Read More

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Milkfish hatchery operations

This manual is intended primarily for practicing prawn hatchery operators who would like to diversify their operations to include larval rearing of milkfish. Topics such as site selection, hatchery design and construction, broodstock management, spawning and egg collection are therefore not dealt with. Only those procedures important in the daily operations of a milkfish hatchery are described in detail...Read More.

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Sea bass hatchery operations

This manual addresses fry production in the hatchery. It describes the principles and practical procedures for rearing sea bass - from eggs until metamorphosis...Read More

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Hatchery Culture of the Bay Scallop

This fact sheet addresses the hatchery phase of the bay scallop rearing process...Read More.

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Producing Oyster Seed by Remote Setting

By using your own cultch, labor and equipment, you can reduce the cost of seed, a major factor in oyster farming; with practice and planning, you can produce a consistent supply to meet your own needs...Read More

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