As fish farming practices are very diverse, we have chosen to limit ourselves to small-scale freshwater fish farming in the tropics. And, as pond fish farming is the most common form of fish cultivation in these areas, the information provided focuses on pond construction and pond management.
The first part of this Agrodok (Chapters 1 to 4) describes the principles of fish farming, types of fish farms, methods of fish farming, and pond maintenance and monitoring. Also included is a section on periphyton-based fish farming, a new and promising technology. The second part of the book gives basic guidelines for setting up a fish farm and covers the selection of a proper site, of farm type and of fish species to be cultured. Fish nutrition, health, reproduction, harvesting and post-harvesting aspects are briefly discussed.
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