Economic Feasibility of Copepod Production for Commercial use: Result from a prototype Production Facility

Tenaw G. Abate, Rasmus Nielsen, Max Nielsen, Guillaume Drillet, Per Meyer Jepsen, Benni Winding Hansen

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Abstract

During the last three decades, it has been shown that copepods are a superior live feed for marine finfish larvae compared to other commonly used live feed items, such as Artemia and rotifers. The use of copepods,which have
a better biochemical composition, increases survival rate, improves growth condition, reducesmal-pigmentation and allows breeding of ‘new’ marine finfish species. However, copepods are not yet commercially produced and
therefore not widely used in the aquaculture industry. One of the bottlenecks for large-scale production has been lack of economic knowledge on the feasibility of producing copepods for commercial application. This is the first
empirical study to investigate the economic feasibility of copepod production for commercial use. To this end, a standard cost-benefit analysis based on a prototype production facility of Acartia tonsa (Dana) eggs at Roskilde University, Denmark, is employed. The result reveals that commercial production of copepods is economically feasible considering the existing market prices on both copepods and competing live feed items such as rotifers. The study provides valuable information for businesseswho consider investing in live feed production formarine finfish aquaculture. Furthermore, the study also highlights the economic benefits of production and utilization of copepods on productivity and species diversification in marine finfish aquaculture.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAquaculture
Volume436
Pages (from-to)72-79
Number of pages8
ISSN0044-8486
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015

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