Alternative Culture Systems

  • Craig S. Tucker
  • Edwin H. Robinson


The variety of systems proposed for rearing fish appears to be limited only by the imagination. In theory, a number of systems may be applicable to catfish culture; in practice, however, commercial culture is typically conducted in large earthen ponds because presently this is the most economical method of production. The adage “Don’t fix it if it isn’t broken” doesn’t seem to apply to aquaculture, for which complicated and expensive systems are often devised for high-density fish culture at production costs greatly exceeding those normally incurred in pond culture. Certainly high-density aquaculture is desirable and has a place, but only if it is profitable. Profit associated with various intensive systems developed for culture of catfish is questionable because of very high production costs coupled with excessive start-up costs (Losordo, Easley, and Westerman 1989). When considering promotional material concerning various systems for intensive culture of fish, be cautious, exercise common sense, and be aware that production data presented for a particular system are often extrapolated from small-scale production trials and do not necessarily reflect production in commercial-size units. Ask basic questions such as power costs for aeration, nitrogen removal, heating, and pumping. If specific questions are not answered satisfactorily, consult an engineer.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Craig S. Tucker
    • 1
  • Edwin H. Robinson
    • 1
  1. 1.Mississippi State UniversityUSA

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