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Perspectives for development of low impact aquaculture in a Western Mediterranean lagoon: the case of the carpet clam Tapes decussatus
Chessa, L.A.; Paesanti, F.; Pais, A.; Scardi, M.; Serra, S.; Vitale, L. (2005). Perspectives for development of low impact aquaculture in a Western Mediterranean lagoon: the case of the carpet clam Tapes decussatus, in: Focardi, S. et al. (Ed.) Animal welfare, human health and interactions with the environment. Aquaculture International, 13(1-2): pp. 147-155
In: Focardi, S.; Saroglia, M. (Ed.) (2005). Animal welfare, human health and interactions with the environment. Aquaculture International, 13(1-2). Springer: Dordrecht, The Netherlands. 173 pp., more
In: Aquaculture International. Springer: London. ISSN 0967-6120, more
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  • Chessa, L.A.; Paesanti, F.; Pais, A.; Scardi, M.; Serra, S.; Vitale, L. (2005). Perspectives for development of low impact aquaculture in a Western Mediterranean lagoon: the case of the carpet clam Tapes decussatus. Aquacult. Int. 13(1-2): 147-155. dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10499-004-9022-6, more

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Keywords
    Coastal lagoons; Mollusc culture; Tapes (Ruditapes) decussatus (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; MED, Mediterranean [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Chessa, L.A.
  • Paesanti, F.
  • Pais, A.
  • Scardi, M.
  • Serra, S.
  • Vitale, L.

Abstract
    Some 30,000 specimens of the Mediterranean clam Tapes decussatus were suspended in nylon bags of two different mesh sizes and pre-grown in the Calich lagoon (Sardinia, Italy) from March to June 2001. The samples differed in size at the end of the pre-growth stage. They were then sown at a density of 650 specimens m-2 in two stations of the lagoon. The growth rates in the stations were different according to the Von Bertalanffy model. Primary and secondary plankton production was calculated by field measurements as well as by modelling. The results indicate that the Calich lagoon could produce a maximum of 753.25 g m-2 yr -1 WW, with shell, forTapes decussatus. Our culture experiments lasted 15 months with an estimated mortality of 50% and the yield of T. decussatus was 4.3 times greater than the calculated natural production.

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