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Growing amago and rainbow trout in duoculture with self-feeding systems: Implications for production and welfare


Flood, MJ and Noble, C and Kagaya, R and Damsgard, B and Purser, GJ and Tabata, M, Growing amago and rainbow trout in duoculture with self-feeding systems: Implications for production and welfare, Aquaculture, 309, (1-4) pp. 137-142. ISSN 0044-8486 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.aquaculture.2010.09.031


Some salmonids such as rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss: Walbaum, 1792) can quickly learn to use self-feeding systems while others such as amago (Oncorhynchus masou masou: Brevoort, 1856) can take longer. The current study examined the potential costs and benefits of growing each of these species in duoculture with self-feeding systems in terms of welfare and production. Three self-feeding treatments were evaluated: rainbow trout in monoculture (RM), amago in monoculture (AM), and rainbow trout and amago in duoculture (D). Self-feeder learning time for all RM and D groups varied from 1 to 9. days, while AM ranged from 2 to 25. days. Within the D treatment there was no indication that amago learned to use self-feeders by watching the rainbow trout. Initial food intake was significantly lower for AM than the other groups, but this did not result in significantly lower growth rates. Further, the growth performance of both amago and rainbow trout were similar, irrespective of being grown in either mono- or duoculture. There were no significant differences in feed wastage between treatments and feed wastage was < 6%. The welfare implications of duoculture for each species were quantified using four welfare indicators: aggression, fin damage, condition factor and mortality. No significant differences were found in any of these indices. The results of this study suggest that when using duoculture for growing rainbow trout and amago with self-feeding systems, amago benefits from reduced variability in self-feeder learning times, i.e. all duoculture groups learned within 5. days while amago-only groups took up to 25. days to learn. Further to this, there were no obvious detrimental effects upon production and welfare. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.

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:Aquaculture crustaceans (excl. rock lobster and prawns)
UTAS Author:Purser, GJ (Associate Professor John Purser)
ID Code:65639
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:NC Marine Conservation and Resource Sustainability
Deposited On:2010-11-29
Last Modified:2012-07-03

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