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Aquaculture Pond Fertilization: Impacts of Nutrient Input on Production

ISBN: 978-1-118-32941-2
April 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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Ponds are a primary production system to a wide variety of freshwater fish species. Each species have specific and unique nutrient needs and successful pond fertilization is critical to a successful aquaculture enterprise.  Aquaculture Pond Fertilization: Impacts of Nutrient Input on Production provides state-of-the-art information for successful fertilization strategies for a broad range of pond-raised species.

Aquaculture Pond Fertilization attempts to rectify the seemingly contradictory nutrient recommendations by clearly defining the goals of specific types of aquaculture. Chapters are divided into three sections: The first reviews basic concepts in fertilization applicable to all pond-based production. The second looks at specific nutrient management approaches. The third and final section of chapters looks specifically at key freshwater pond species ranging from tilapia to perch and discusses specific fertilization needs for the successful rearing of these in-demand fish.

Looking across species with chapters contributed by leaders in the field Aquaculture Pond Fertilization provides succinct single-volume coverage of an oft-neglected, but vitally important topic in aquaculture production.

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Contributors vii

Preface ix

Section 1: General Fertilization Concepts 1

Chapter 1 Nutrient Cycling 3
Claude E. Boyd

Chapter 2 Pond Ecology 23
Ana Milstein

Chapter 3 Organic and Inorganic Fertilization 33
Richard W. Soderberg

Chapter 4 Water Quality and Pond Fertilization 47
laude E. Boyd

Chapter 5 Environmental Issues in Pond Fertilization 65
Claude E. Boyd and Li Li

Chapter 6 Controlling Plant Pests before Fertilization 73
Jimmy L. Avery

Section 2: Management Approaches to Pond Fertilization 93

Chapter 7 Management Strategy 1: Manipulation of Pond Nutrient Ratios 95
Jian G. Qin

Chapter 8 Management Strategy 2: The Algal Bioassay Fertilization Strategy—An Ecological Approach for Efficient Pond Fertilization 111
Christopher F. Knud-Hansen

Chapter 9 Management Strategy 3: Fixed-Rate Fertilizer Applications 129
Charles C. Mischke

Section 3: Common Fertilization Practices Currently Used for Production of Selected Species under Various Culture Conditions 135

Chapter 10 Channel Catfish Pond Fertilization 137
Charles C. Mischke

Chapter 11 Walleye and Yellow Perch Pond Fertilization 147
Christopher F. Hartleb, J. Alan Johnson, and James A. Held

Chapter 12 Some Principles of Pond Fertilization for Nile Tilapia Using Organic and Inorganic Inputs 163
James S. Diana

Chapter 13 Fertilizing Sunshine Bass Production Ponds 179
Gerald M. Ludwig

Chapter 14 Challenges to the Intensification of Largemouth Bass Culture 197
Shawn D. Coyle, Gerald Kurten, Steve Marple, and James H. Tidwell

Chapter 15 Baitfish Pond Fertilization 217
Nathan Stone

Chapter 16 Carp Pond Fertilization 235
Debajyoti Chakrabarty and Sanjib Kumar Das

Chapter 17 Sportfish Pond Fertilization 245
J. Wesley Neal and Robert Kr¨oger

Chapter 18 Fertilization of Marine Finfish Nursery Ponds for Aquaculture Production 259
Charles R. Weirich and Jesse A. Chappell

Index 277

Color plates appear between pages 134 and 135.

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Charles C. Mischke is a Research Professor at the Thad Cochran National Warmwater Aquaculture Center and the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture at Mississippi State University.

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“Aquaculture Pond Fertilization has shortcomings, but the book is nonetheless a useful addition to the fish-farming literature. It will probably be of most interest to those involved in carrying out research into the farming of freshwater finfish and may be of value to practicing fish culturists, and the book also has something to offer college and university students taking degree programs in aquatic biology and aquaculture.”  (Journal of Aquaculture, 1 September 2012)

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