Contents: Preface. I. Taxonomy: i). History of aquaculture. ii). Selection of species for culture. iii). Taxonomy and identification of cultivable fishes and prawns. II. Common Fish of India: i). Common fish available in India. ii). Classification. iii). Distribution and diagnostic features. III. General Biology of Fish and Prawn: i). General biology of fishes. ii). General biology of crustaceans. IV. Food and Feeding: i). Food and feeding habits of fishes. ii). Biology of feeding in prawns. V. Life History: i). Life history. ii). Identification of eggs, larvae and juveniles of cultivated fishes and prawns. VI. Seed: i). Seed production. ii). Collection of seed from natural resources. iii). Bundh breeding. iv). Induced breeding. v). Seed transport. VII. Pond Construction and Management: i). Site selection, design and construction of pond. ii). Water and soil quality. iii). Food chain and productivity. VIII. Culture Systems: i). Freshwater aquaculture. ii). Brackish water aquaculture. iii). Mariculture. iv). Integrated fish farming. IX. Nutrition and Feeds: i). Nutrition and feeds. ii). Nutritional requirements. iii). Supplementary feeding. X. Pathology: i). Examination of diseased fish and prawn. ii). Fish diseases. iii). Prawn diseases. XI. Biotechnology and Aquaculture: i). Genetic engineering and aquaculture. ii). Gynogenesis. iii). Androgenesis. iv). Hormones and spawning. Bibliography. Index.
"Aquaculture provides much desired economic and nutritional benefits to mankind. Whether in large ponds, sea cages or small backyard tanks, aquaculture holds much promise for meeting increasing food demands. In fact, with most capture fisheries in decline, aquaculture is the best one to maintain and increase supplies of marine and freshwater fish and prawn.
"Comprehensive literature is required by both students and farmers of aquaculture. An attempt has been made to explain the topics, namely, Taxonomy, Common fish, General Biology of Fish and Prawn, Food and Feeding, Life History, Seed, Pond Construction and Management, Culture Systems, Nutrition and Feeds, Pathology, and Biotechnology and Aquaculture, to an optimum level of requirement.
"This book will serve well the needs of the students of aquaculture and the cultivators of fish and prawn." (jacket)
[M. Srinivasulu Reddy is Asst Professor in Zoology at Sri Venkateswara University P.G. Centre Kavali.
K.R.S. Sambasiva Rao is Asst Professor in Zoology at Nagarjuna University, Nagarjuna Nagar.]