Aquaculture International

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 423–430 | Cite as

Economic evaluation of a stratified transport method for Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus) juveniles

  • Peter J. SykesEmail author
  • Carol A. McClure
  • Debbie J. Martin-Robichaud
  • Charles G. Caraguel
  • K. Larry Hammell


The objective of this study was to evaluate a convenient, low-cost modification to conventional transfer methods for Atlantic halibut juveniles. A series of wire mesh cages were stacked within transport tanks creating a stratified transport system (STS), increasing the surface area for settlement and facilitating a more homogeneous distribution of halibut throughout the tank compared with the conventional insulated box (Unstructured, UTS). A stochastic cost-benefit analysis determined investment into a STS to be cost-effective, generating a mean benefit-cost ratio of 1.31 (95% CI, 0.68–2.00) after 2 years and a mean 5-year net present value of $85,176 (95% CI, $46,906–$125,630). The implementation of a STS was found to be technically feasible and economically efficient method to improve Atlantic halibut transport.


Post-transport mortality Cost-benefit analysis Percent coverage area Halibut Hippoglossus hippoglossus 



Cost-benefit analysis


Cost-benefit ratio


Percent coverage area


Net present value


Present value


Stratified transport system


Unstructured transport system



We would like to the thank industry partners Peter Corey, John Bailey, Carmon MacIntosh, Brian Blanchared and Skip Wolf for their assistance, as well as Dr. Javier Sanchez for analytical assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter J. Sykes
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Carol A. McClure
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Debbie J. Martin-Robichaud
    • 5
  • Charles G. Caraguel
    • 1
    • 2
    • 4
  • K. Larry Hammell
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.AVC Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences, Atlantic Veterinary CollegeUniversity of Prince Edward IslandCharlottetownCanada
  2. 2.Department of Health Management, Atlantic Veterinary CollegeUniversity of Prince Edward IslandCharlottetownCanada
  3. 3.Prince Edward Island Department of Health and WellnessCharlottetownCanada
  4. 4.School of Animal & Veterinary Sciences, Roseworthy CampusThe University of AdelaideRoseworthy SAAustralia
  5. 5.Fisheries and Oceans Canada Science BranchAndrewsCanada

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