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Palmer, P.J. and Slattery, S.L. (2009) Using wheat flour in the production of organic banana prawns. In: Fisheries: Management, Economics and Perspectives. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. Chapter 11, 529 pages.


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Banana prawn (Fenneropenaeus merguiensis) juveniles (1-2 g) were compared for survival, growth and condition after feeding in tanks over one month with several simple diets based on organically certified whole wheat flour. All feeds were applied once per day at 6% of the starting body weight, and produced high survival (>94%). A commercial Australian prawn feed used as the control diet produced the highest (P<0.05) growth (101% weight gain) and condition measured as the length of antennae (13.2 cm). The unfed control had significantly (P<0.05) lower survival (56%), and resulted in a weight loss (3.1%) and the shortest antennae (9.4 cm). Adding free flour to tanks produced lower (P<0.05) growth (6.9%) and shorter (P<0.05) antennae (10.3 cm) than adding pelletised flour with low levels (dry weight) of additional nutritional substances and feed attractants (chicken’s whole egg: 1.5%, polychaete slurry: 1.1% and 6.8%, molasses: 4.2%). Rolling the flour into a dough ball also appeared to marginally improve its direct utilisation by the prawns. These results are considered within the context of appropriate nutrition for Penaeids and successfully producing certified organic prawns in Australia.

Item Type:Book Section
Funders:Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.
Corporate Creators:Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI), Animal Science, Innovative Food Technologies, Crop and Food Science
Business groups:Animal Science, Crop and Food Science
Additional Information:Reproduced with permission © Nova Science Publishers 2011
Keywords:Artificial feeds; shrimp farming; banana prawns; organic diets.
Subjects:Aquaculture and Fisheries > Aquaculture > Mariculture
Live Archive:26 Mar 2012 07:05
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:49

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