Channel catfish farming handbook

Channel catfish farming handbook

Aquacuffure, 103 ( 1992) 195 196 Elsevier Science Publishers B.V., Amsterdam 195 CHANNEL CATFISH FARMING HANDBOOK Channel CatfishFaming Handbook. C...

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Aquacuffure, 103 ( 1992) 195 196 Elsevier Science Publishers B.V., Amsterdam

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CHANNEL CATFISH FARMING HANDBOOK

Channel CatfishFaming Handbook. Craig S. Tucker and Edwin H. Wobinson. Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 454 pp. This book represents a milestone in aquaculture handbooks and provides a text that will be widely used by students of aquaculture and fish farmers alike. It is up to date, written in a clear and concise manner and is structured in a practical way, and is without doubt one of the most comprehensive aquaculture handbooks I have seen in a long time. The book is divided into two parts. The first deals with the natural history of the species, while the second deals with every conceivable aspect of its culture. It was particularly pleasing to me that the authors provided a reasonably comprehensive overview of the natural history of the channel catfish, which provides a fundamental foundation for the more applied chapters which follow. The first part also provides excellent information on genetics and environmental requirements of the a ring the various stages of its life xcellent in its coverage of the dietary tory. The section on nutrition, alt s contains too much basic informarequirements of channel catfish, owever, bear in mind that the book was also written , perhaps the lusion of this kind o information was a g The second part of the book, which descri es the various aspec cal catfish farming, is excellent. It covers all possibl ects in a most profesbook will most defisional and detailed manner. Indeed 1 catfish farmers and, nitely become the standard reference because it brings together the most important published information on channel catfish biology anrl culture, is a must for institutional libraries. Apart from the usual chapters on breeding, egg and fry production, fingerling production, feeds and feeding practices, and harvesting and transport, s particularly nfectious disimpressed with the chapters on water quality management a etween water eases, in which the authors clearly show the interrelationsh quality and fish health. tographs and line The book is well illustrated with black and white to supplement the drawings. The tables and figures are clear and all neces text. Indeed the authors must be congratulated on a Sisyp executed. r. HECHT Department of Ichthyologyand Fisheries Science Rhodes University, P.O. Box 94, Grahamstown, South Africa