Collected reprints: Abstract 3402

Collected reprints

Abstract

Claus, C.; Holderbeke, L.; Maeckelberghe, H.; Persoone, G. (1981). Nursery culturing of bivalve spat in heated seawater. Proc. World Symp. On Aquaculture in Heated Effluents and Recirculation Systems 2: 465-480

The controlled nursery culturing of mollusc spat produced to date by millions in commercial hatcheries is an intermediate step in mollusc farming which is receiving more and more attention. Different technologies for nursery culturing indoors as well as outdoors have been developed at different places. The principles are always basically the same and consist of culturing postlarvae of a few millimeters to a size of a few centimeters in densities as high as possible in specific devices containing seawater which is eventually enriched with live unicellular algae or inert foods. This paper reports on the first results obtained in Belgium in an indoor experimental nursery with spat of Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas and Venerupis semidecussata. On the basis of the results obtained in this small experimental unit, a semi-industrial pilot-scale plant has been designed and was recently built at the border of the Sluice-dock in Ostend, Belgium. This pilot nursery has been conceived as a multivariable unit, the ultimate goal of which is to determine the cost-benefit of an industrial nursery utilizing the heated effluent of a power plant.


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