Artificial reproduction of Pacu in Paraguay

Photo credit: Ariel Montiel Benitez (Paraguay)    Review: Ariel Montiel Benitez and Abdel Rahman El Gamal (Founder of the website)

Pacu (Piaractus mesopotamicus) is an important fish species with high commercial value in Paraguay. The availability of sufficient number of the species fingerlings would be essential towards the expansion of pacu aquaculture in Paraguay.

The artificial reproduction of Pacu is essential to stimulate the spawning in captivity. This has been practiced in Paraguay whereas Prostaglandin F (PGF) and carp pituitary extract (CPE) have been used. The inserted picture shows a batch of Pacu eggs produced through artificial spawning It may worth noting that according to FAO statistics, the production of farmed pacu increased from 308 tons in 2010 to 2432 tons in 2018.

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