Tilapia in El Salvador aquaculture

Photo credit: Martiza Marroquin de Rivas (El Salvador)

Review: Ana Martiza Marroquin and Abdel Rahman El Gamal (Founder of the website)

Tilapia aquaculture in El Salvador



Tilapia contributed significantly in aquaculture in El Salvador. According to FAO statistics, the first show-up of farmed tilapia occurred in 1984 where 10 tons of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) was produced. Afterwards, there has been a significant increase in the production of farmed tilapia peaking up to 4101 tons in 2011 before declining and reaching 832 tons in 2014 whereas tilapia contributed by about 50% of total El Salvador aquaculture over most of the years.

The inserted picture is for a 3000 m2-earthen pond located in Atiocoyo (Department of Liberty). The stocking rate is 5 fingerlings/m2, and fish has been fed manufactured feed with 32% protein. The average in the mentioned system averages about 10 tons/ha per the growing season.  One may notice the bird threads over the ponds to protect fish against fish-eating birds.




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