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


Katersky, RS and Carter, CG, Growth efficiency of juvenile barramundi, Lates calcarifer, at high temperatures, Aquaculture, 250, (3-4) pp. 775-780. ISSN 0044-8486 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.aquaculture.2005.05.008


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - aquaculture
Objective Field:Fisheries - aquaculture not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Katersky, RS (Dr Robin Katersky Barnes)
UTAS Author:Carter, CG (Professor Chris Carter)
ID Code:37200
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:65
Deposited By:TAFI - Aquaculture
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2011-09-20

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