Aquaculture Research with Striped Bass and Its Hybrids in South Carolina

There is growing interest in the United States to develop fish farming operations using striped bass (Morone saxatilis) and or its hybrids. In South Carolina an aquaculture model was developed to allow production of pan-size (300-450 g) striped and white bass hybrids within a year. Brood fish are grown in captivity, matured, and spawned out-of-season using controlled environment systems. Small juveniles are produced early in indoor intensive nursery systems for stocking of grow-out facilities at the onset of suitable outdoor rearing conditions. Testing of model components indicated that cultured striped bass can be conditioned to spawn out-of-season and that the striped bass and white bass hybrids appear well suited for aquaculture development.

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