Culture of rainbow trout and Siberian sturgeon in the northern highlands of Thailand (post one of two)

Credit: Parinya Sutthinon (Thailand)

Review: Parinya Sutthinon and Abdel Rahman El Gamal (Founder of the website)

Thailand 01 (Post one of two) Thailand 02 (Post one of two)



The inserted pictures are a part of the Royal-Inthanon Project located in the mountain area in Chiangmai Province, Thailand.

The Royal Project which was founded in 1969 aimed to help the hill-tribe poor people who lived in Inthanon Mountain – or other high mountains in the north of Thailand- to become self-supporting and to develop the skills about aquaculture towards enhancing household nutrition and increasing income for the hill-tribe people.

The concrete raceways shown in the inserted pictures belong to the farming of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and are located at a height of about 1300 m above sea level on a small tributary stream of the River Klang near the base of Siriphum Waterfall on Doi Inthanon National Park.

As expected, and based on research findings, water temperature at such elevation in the Inthanon site is much lower compared to that in the low land and hence was found suitable for all year round cool water aquaculture as required for growing rainbow trout from fingerling until marketable size (250-300 g). In addition to the rainbow trout, the Siberian sturgeon (Acipenser baerii) is cultured on the farm.

It worth mentioning that rainbow trout and Siberian sturgeon which have been chosen for the project are not native to Thailand and were introduced based on their temperature compatibility as well as their production performance and market merit.


Note: technical details on rainbow trout culture in found on the (post 2 of 2) for the same title





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