european seabass

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Seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax) have widespread popularity in the Mediterranean region as a farmed species. The European Aquaculture Society, in a report from 1997, note that seabass was being farmed across the Mediterranean, including Corsica, Malta, Greece, France, Sardinia, and Sicily. In 1996, 70% of the 600 mt of seabass produced by Croatia were reared in its 10 island farms; favoured in Croatia because of their excellent environmental conditions, fewer user conflicts and less competition for sites. Most of Croatia’s production of seabass goes to Italy.

The FAO have produced a detailed summary of the culture of seabass noting that Greece, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Croatia and Egypt are the biggest producers. Seabass are farmed in seawater ponds and lagoons, however the bulk of production comes from sea cage farming. The Mediterranean seabass industry, in less than 15 years, has grown from a few thousand tonnes to 57,000 tonnes today, peaking at nearly 71 000 tonnes in 2000. The United Nations Environment Programme Mediterranean Action Plan (Mariculture in the Mediterranean. MAP Technical Reports Series No. 140, UNEP/MAP, Athens, 2004) further underlines the importance of seabase as an aquacultural species.

Charles Cotton has published a research thesis entitled Optimizing Growth for Aquaculture of Juvenile Black Sea Bass Centropristis striata L. : Effects of Temperature, Salinity, Commercial Diet and Feeding Ration. Although the focus of the research is Black Sea Bass, the European Seabass in mentioned in context with grow out conditions.

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