As a group, carp provide 4 million metric tonnes of fish annually - over a quarter of all fish culture worldwide. For the first time, a book is available in English that concentrates solely on the carp as an economic rather than an ornamental fish with a panel of international experts producing a comprehensive, practical volume about carp production and management. Starting with a brief look at the biology of cyprinids, the book then discusses the methods and management of carp farming, from water quality to the economics of fish production in ponds. Novel methods to improve stock, including genetic engineering, are covered and case studies give added value to the text. As carp farming turns from traditional to intensive methods, farmers, researchers and technicians in industry will welcome this benchmark volume, which also is a valuable reference book for graduate and postgraduate students and lecturers in aquaculture.
Biology of the Cyprinids.- Aquatic Ecosystem and Water Quality.- Reproduction.- Genetic Improvements.- Juvenile Rearing.- Ongrowing in Ponds.- The Creation of Ponds.- Processing and the Markets.- The Economics of Fish Production in Ponds.- Appendices.- Index.