Feeding meagre in earthen ponds in Damietta (Egypt) – Video

Video credit: Charles Bernard Makuya (Malawi) Review: Abdel Rahman El Gamal (Founder of the video channel)

This video was filmed during a field visit by Fish Culture Development training course. The marine fish farm is located in Damietta; the main region for the farming of meagre (Argyrosomus regius). The development of meagre aquaculture in Egypt has witnessed significant progress increasing from less than 6000 tons in 2014 to about 25000 tons in 2017. The increase in meagre aquaculture occurs although the activity still relies solely on the wild-caught seeds.

As shown in the video, the feeding operation relies on trash fish and small shrimp. As expected, the feed conversion ratio is poor with an average of about 9 (feed): 1 (gain). In that regard, some initiatives conducted on private farms target to evaluate the performance and production of the species when fed artificial feed with 40 and 50% crude protein.

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