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An upwelling system for culturing common octopus paralarvae and its combined effect with supplying natural zooplankton on paralarval survival and growth
Dan, S.; Iwasaki, H.; Takasugi, A.; Yamazaki, H.; Hamasaki, K. (2018). An upwelling system for culturing common octopus paralarvae and its combined effect with supplying natural zooplankton on paralarval survival and growth. Aquaculture 495: 98-105.
In: Aquaculture. Elsevier: Amsterdam; London; New York; Oxford; Tokyo. ISSN 0044-8486; e-ISSN 1873-5622, more
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    Octopus vulgaris Cuvier, 1797 [WoRMS]
Author keywords
    Common octopus; Paralarval rearing; Mortality causes; Upwelling system; Natural zooplankton; Hatchling size

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  • Dan, S.
  • Iwasaki, H.
  • Takasugi, A.
  • Yamazaki, H.
  • Hamasaki, K.

    Despite a growing interest in common octopus for aquaculture, massive mortalities during the planktonic paralarval stage still hamper production. Prior to die-off during rearing trials for paralarvae, it could be observed that the food-capturing paralarvae tended to be carried downward in a current induced by the aeration system, eventually depositing the animals on the tank bottom. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of upwelling water-flow, that might support paralarval swimming and floating, on paralarval survival and growth. A new artificial upwelling rearing system using a strong downward flow in the center to the bottom of the tank was developed. The effects of the new system in combination with supplying natural zooplankton (mainly decapod crustacean zoeae) or Artemia were evaluated using three different broods hatched from three mothers (broods A, B, and C). As food items for zooplankton, n-3 highly unsaturated fatty acid (n-3 HUFA)-fortified rotifers and digestible microalgae Nannochloropsis oculata were supplemented. The hatchling dry weight was significantly different among broods, showing heavier weight in order of broods A > C > B. Use of the upwelling rearing system significantly improved the rate of paralarval survival as compared with using the standard system, and paralarval growth was significantly faster when reared in the upwelling system with zooplankton supplementation. Paralarvae in the upwelling + zooplankton group kept high survival rates over 80% until 18 days after hatching (DAH). The survival rate of the tank of brood A could achieve 80.8% at 20 DAH, however, those of broods B and C dropped to 8.2% and 54.4% at 20 DAH, respectively, presumably due to combined effect of small hatchling size and insufficient food supply. The octopuses of broods A and C reached benthic stage by 25 and 23 DAH, with survival rates of 51.0% and 45.3%, respectively. The overall results suggest that an inadequate water-flow environment in combination with poor food quality and quantity are major causes of paralarval mortality of the common octopus. For culturing paralarvae, the combined use of an upwelling rearing system and supplying decapod crustacean zoeae supplemented with n-3 HUFA fortified rotifers and digestible N. oculata was recommended.

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