Tilapia Production


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Potential tilapia culturists in the U.S. should first determine which species, if any, can be legally cultured in their state. Assuming there are no restrictions, selection of a species will depend mostly on growth rate and cold tolerance. Rankings for growth rate in ponds are T. nilotica > T. aurea > T. rendalli > T. mossambica > T. hornorum. Most of the hybrids tested grow as fast as their parent species. Cold tolerance may become an increasingly important criterion for selecting a species in more northerly latitudes. Tilapia aurea  is generally recognized as being the most cold tolerant. Pond culture is the most popular method of growing tilapia. One advantage is that  the fish are able to utilize natural foods.

-SRAC Publication No. 280, Pond Culture of Tilapia

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North Central Regional Aquaculture Center

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University of Florida
Auburn University
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Asian Development Bank
Louisiana State University
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
University of Arizona
Oregon State University
Americas Tilapia Alliance
Langston University

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