Ambient salinity and osmoregulation, energy metabolism and growth in juvenile yellowtail kingfish (Seriola lalandi Valenciennes 1833) in a recirculating aquaculture system

Ainhoa Blanco Garcia, Gavin J. Partridge, Gert Flik, Jonathan A.C. Roques, Wout Abbink

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Abstract

The effects of salinity on plasma osmolality, branchial chloride cell density, feed consumption and conversion and growth performance of yellowtail kingfish (Seriola lalandi) were evaluated. Fish (11.6±0.6g) were kept for 29days at 14, 18, 22, 26 (experimental) and 30gL-1 (control) salinity in independent, pilot-scale recirculation aquaculture systems. No differences in plasma osmolality or chloride cell numbers in gills were observed, pointing to a strong osmoregulatory capacity in the juveniles. Fish at 14, 18 and 22gL-1 (7.61±0.19, 7.61±0.01 and 7.61±0.13% day-1, respectively) had higher growth rates than fish at 26 and 30gL-1 (7.10±0.05 and 6.97±0.06% day-1 respectively). The higher growth rate at lower salinity resulted from increased feed intake; feed conversion was not different. An evaluation of the impact of salinity on growth rate of on-growing stages (till market size) seems warranted to assess whether the profitable effects of low salinity persist in later stages of this important aquaculture species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2789-2797
Number of pages9
JournalAquaculture Research
Volume46
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes

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