Growth observations on European (Anguilla anguilla L.) and American (Anguilla rostrata Le Sueur) glass eels

S. Appelbaum, A. Chernitsky, V. Birkan

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Abstract

Comparative growth observations (13 months) of European (Anguilla anguilla L.) and American (Anguilla rostrata Le Sueur) glass eels were undertaken. Plastic containers (60 × 30 × 35 cm, volume of 30 L) were combined with a sedimentation tank and submerged, gravel, biological filter to form a recirculation system. Feeding commenced on the second day after arrival of the fish and proceeded as follows : days 1 to 50, krill hydrolysate ; days 51 to 58, krill hydrolysate mixed with a salmon starter feed ; day 59 onwards, standard salmon feed. Feed was provided at 2-hourly intervals via automatic feeders for the first 161 days of rearing, and thereafter by hand 5 times a day at a feeding rate of 5 % of the fish biomass. The average individual weight of the European eels on arrival (x̄ = 0.266 ± 0.005 g), was significantly higher than that of the American eels (x̄ = 0.167 ± 0.006 g). After 45 days of rearing, the weight differences between the species became insignificant. Except for the different transportation mortalities on arrival, the European and the American eels demonstrated similar mortality rates during the experiment (12.5 %), food conversion rate (2.3) and specific growth rate (0.90 and 0.99 respectively). No parasites or diseases were detected. No differences were observed in general behaviour and feeding between the two species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-193
Number of pages7
JournalBFPP - Bulletin Francais de la Peche et de la Protection des Milieux Aquatiques
Volume71
Issue number349
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1998

Keywords

  • Anguilla anguilla
  • Anguilla rostrata
  • Culture
  • Glass eels
  • Growth comparison

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