In 1980s the copepod Acartia tonsa (Dana) was isolated in the Danish strait of Øresund and has been studied and kept in cultures ever since. An interesting trait with the species is that the eggs can be provoked into a resting stage, where the egg can be stored for one year, similar to Artemia cysts. This is the most promising storage technique for distribution of copepod eggs to aquaculture facilities worldwide. The eggs can be hatched and the nauplii can be feed to marine fish larvae.
A restriction is that copepod cultures for producing eggs are after 30 years of research still not stable and in large enough scale for bulk production of eggs. Recently a unique copepod Recirculated Aquaculture System (RAS) at Roskilde University (Denmark) was constructed as a part of the IMPAQ project “IMProvement of AQuaculture high quality fish fry production”. We present recent advance within RAS culture for copepods, and lesson learned from rearing the specie. Further we present physical and biological culture restrictions in terms of water quality (NH3), chemical and physical copepod densities, and its effects on copepod egg production (fecundity).
We found that NH3 affect nauplii cultures negatively at levels above 30 μg NH3 L-1, and adult cultures at levels above 477 μg NH3 L-1. In terms of chemical and physical densities egg production was limited at densities above 2000 adults L-1.
|Publication date||1 Oct 2013|
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Oct 2013|