Cage And Raceway Culture Of Striped Bass In Brackish Water In Alabama

Cage and raceway culture of striped bass, Morone saxatilis (Walbaum), in brackish water was conducted at the Marine Resources Laboratory, Dauphin Island, Alabama during the period 1July 1971 to 2 November 1971. The effects of two feeds and two feeding regimes on the growth, food conversion and survival of fingerlings cultured in \\12" mesh cages (I yd.3) were studied. Growth, food conversion and percentage survival was better among fish fed the trout chow. The feeding regime of four times daily enhanced growth and survival among fish fed either of the two diets. Striped bass cultured in a 760-gallon circular raceway increased their weight by 832 percent over a 93 day period. Overall food conversion and percentage survival was 2.0 and 94.1, respectively. Results of a stocking density experiment involving fish stocked in cages at rates of 100, 200 and 300 per yd. 3 are discussed.

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