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Growth efficiency of juvenile barramundi, Lates calcarifer, at high temperatures

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posted on 2023-06-14, 09:41 authored by Robin Katersky BarnesRobin Katersky Barnes, Christopher CarterChristopher Carter
Temperature is recognized to be the most important environmental factor affecting growth in fish. Barramundi are cultured over a wide range of temperatures some of which approach the upper thermal tolerance for this species. A growth trial was conducted on juvenile barramundi to examine the effects of high temperatures ranging from the minimum optimal temperature (27°C) for growth efficiency to the extreme upper thermal limits (39°C) for feed intake, growth and growth efficiency. Juveniles (4.87 ± 0.32 g) were held at four different temperatures 27, 33, 36 and 39°C and fed twice daily to satiation (503.5 g kg-1 crude protein, 182.5 g kg -1 lipid, 150.1 g kg-1 ash, 20.52 GE MJ kg-1). Feed intake (g·day- 1) and SGR (%·day-1) increased with increasing temperature up to 36°C. At 39°C feed intake, growth, feed efficiency ratio, protein efficiency ratio and productive energy value were significantly lower than at the other temperatures. This demonstrates that growth was optimized at temperatures from 27 to 36°C and that barramundi have a much wider range for maximum growth efficiency than previously thought. © 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Publication title

Aquaculture

Volume

250

Issue

3-4

Pagination

775-780

ISSN

0044-8486

Department/School

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

Publisher

Elsevier BV

Place of publication

Netherlands

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  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Fisheries - aquaculture not elsewhere classified

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