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International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies

2021, Vol. 9, Issue 3, Part A

Condition factor, growth performance, and production of Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in floating cages in a shallow reservoir in Panauti, Nepal: A preliminary study


Author(s): Agni Prasad Nepal, Subodh Sharma, Ram C Bhujel and Tek Bahadur Gurung

Abstract: Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) is getting priority in aquaculture in Nepal. However, high investments, slow growth in land-based/raceway systems are major challenges. Country would be benefited, if lakes/reservoirs could be utilized for its cage culture. A preliminary trial was conducted in a shallow-reservoir created for hydropower installing three cages, 6 m × 4 m × 2 m size to evaluate its growth and production potential. The trout juveniles of 57.6±15.4 g (average weightSD) were stocked and fed with 33% crude protein diet twice daily at maximum 3% of body weight for 91-days. A random sample of 50 fish per cage was measured total length and body weight each month. Results showed that it is possible to achieve high survival (96.61.7%) with reasonable growth rate (0.80 g.fish-1) and productivity (8927 kg.cage-1) with fair condition factor (1.20.1) when stocked 10-20 fish.m-3. These parameters implied that farming of rainbow trout in the shallow reservoir could be successfully done during winter-spring season in a year. However, further research is needed with stocking densities, feeds and feeding rates/methods, and also conducting longer period which may further enhance the productivity thereby profitability.

DOI: 10.22271/fish.2021.v9.i3a.2471

Pages: 12-21  |  62 Views  41 Downloads

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Agni Prasad Nepal, Subodh Sharma, Ram C Bhujel, Tek Bahadur Gurung. Condition factor, growth performance, and production of Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in floating cages in a shallow reservoir in Panauti, Nepal: A preliminary study. Int J Fish Aquat Stud 2021;9(3):12-21. DOI: https://doi.org/10.22271/fish.2021.v9.i3a.2471
International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies