Grouper research at the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center Aquaculture Department
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This paper provides information on grouper research activities that have been carried out in SEAFDEC AQD. It covers various aspects such as broodstock management, seed production, nursery and grow-out culture techniques.
Marte, C. L. (2002). Grouper research at the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center Aquaculture Department. In Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation & Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (Eds.), Report of the APEC/NACA Cooperative Grouper Aquaculture Workshop, Hat Yai, Thailand 7-9 April 1999 (pp. 143-151). Bangkok, Thailand: Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific.
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