Fish Physiology and Biochemistry

, Volume 43, Issue 6, pp 1543–1555 | Cite as

Effect of the squid viscera hydrolysate on growth performance and digestion in the red sea bream Pagrus major

  • Fumitaka Kondo
  • Takashi Ohta
  • Toshiharu Iwai
  • Atsushi Ido
  • Chiemi Miura
  • Takeshi Miura


The improvement in feed efficiency is one of the most important subjects in fish culture. The development of feed, in terms of good intake, high growth performance, and high feed efficiency is needed. Squid viscera are one of the candidates for alternative material in improving feed efficiency in fish culture. In the present study, we described the dietary effect of the squid viscera hydrolysate (SVH) on the growth performance of the red sea bream. The addition of SVH to feed caused significant increases in feed intake, fork length, and body weight and produced a marked improvement in feed conversion after 4 weeks of feeding. Furthermore, the results of this feeding revealed that low dietary levels of SVH promote growth performance in the red sea bream. We physiologically analyzed digestion and appetite in fish fed diet containing SVH. SVH promoted the activity of hepatic trypsin and lipase, gene expression of stomach pepsin, hepatic lipase, and pyloric caeca trypsin, thereby improving the nutrient availability in red sea bream. Moreover, the mRNA expression of appetite regulating factor, such as brain NPY and stomach ghrelin was significantly improved by dietary SVH. Our current results indicate that dietary SVH as alternative material produced excellent effects on growth performance, which is dependent on the promoting effect on digestion and appetite in red sea bream.


Aquaculture Squid viscera hydrolysate Growth performance Gut-brain hormones Digestive enzyme 



We thank Dr. Fritzie T. Celino-Brady, Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences, University of Hawaii, USA, for critical reading of the manuscript. This work was supported by an A-step Promoting R&D program from the Japan Science and Technology Agency, a grant-in-aid for Scientific Research from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and by Shintoa Corporation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fumitaka Kondo
    • 1
  • Takashi Ohta
    • 1
  • Toshiharu Iwai
    • 1
  • Atsushi Ido
    • 1
  • Chiemi Miura
    • 1
    • 2
  • Takeshi Miura
    • 1
  1. 1.Research Group for Reproductive Physiology, Graduate School of AgricultureEhime UniversityMatsuyamaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Global Environment Studies, Faculty of Environmental StudiesHiroshima Institute of TechnologyHiroshimaJapan

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