Proceedings of the Seminar-Workshop on Breeding and Seed Production of Cultured Finfishes in the Philippines. 4-5 May 1993, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines. SEAFDEC/AQD, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines.

The seminar-workshop was conducted at AQD's Tigbauan Main Station, 4-5 May 1993. About 130 scientists and technicians from Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Canada, UK, USA, Australia, and the Philippines attended. The workshop promoted the exchange of information and views regarding breeding and seed production of various fishes. The scientists became aware of each other's past and ongoing research projects. Priority research areas were recommended and so was the closer cooperation among various institutions and private individuals who share the common goal of sustainable aquaculture. The workshop was sponsored by the Government of Japan.

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  • Conference paper

    Larviculture of milkfish (Chanos chanos) in outdoor tanks 

    MN Duray - In CL Marte, GF Quinitio & AC Emata (Eds.), Proceedings of the Seminar-Workshop on Breeding and Seed Production of Cultured Finfishes in the Philippines, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines, 4-5 May 1993, 1996 - SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department
    In the past, larviculture of milkfish depended entirely on the use of rotifers and brine shrimp nauplii and rearing trials were done under roofed facilities. Since the dietary value of live food varies according to culture and feeding conditions, rotifers were enriched with SELCO, a lipid emulsion containing high levels of highly unsaturated fatty acids (HUFA) prior to feeding the larvae. Alternatively, a microbound larval feed (Nosan R-1) was given as a supplement to rotifers during the first two weeks of culture. Larval growth was enhanced and survival was significantly improved when rotifers were enriched or supplemented with these diets. All rearing trials were conducted in 5-10 tons concrete circular/rectangular outdoor tanks.

    Verification runs on the use of HUFA-enriched rotifers to milkfish larvae were tried in two nearby private hatcheries. Results from mis collaborative work are presented.
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    A review of grouper (Epinephelus suillus) fry production research in Malaysia 

    HM Ali - In CL Marte, GF Quinitio & AC Emata (Eds.), Proceedings of the Seminar-Workshop on Breeding and Seed Production of Cultured Finfishes in the Philippines, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines, 4-5 May 1993, 1996 - SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department
    Research on grouper (Epinephelus suillus) fry production in captivity has been carried out in Malaysia since 1986 at Tanjung Demong Marine Finfish Production and Research Centre (TDMFPRC) but the breakthrough was only achieved four years later in 1990. Eggs were obtained through natural and induced spawning in tanks. Natural spawning of grouper in captivity seldom occurred and was unpredictable. However induced spawnings were successfully carried out by injecting human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) intramuscularly at a dose of 500-1000 IU/kg fish.

    The results from several trials on larval rearing conducted since 1989 until recently showed that larvae obtained from natural spawnings survived longer with some reaching the juvenile stage. The highest recorded survival rate of 43 days posthatch (32.5 mm total length) was 12.1% at 28-32 °C water temperature. On the other hand, 100% mortality usually occurred in larvae obtained from induced spawning 7 days after hatching.

    The major constraints of grouper fry production in Malaysia are lack of male spawners, inconsistent and unpredictable natural spawning, small quantity of eggs released every spawning day, poor fertilization and hatching rate, weak hatchlings, and high mortality rate at the early stages of larval development. The latter is probably due mainly to problems on initial feeding.
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    LHRHa and pimozide-induced breeding in the catfish, Clarias macrocephalus (Gunther) 

    JD Tan-Fermin, RSJ Gapasin, AM Tan, MA Garcia & AC Emata - In CL Marte, GF Quinitio & AC Emata (Eds.), Proceedings of the Seminar-Workshop on Breeding and Seed Production of Cultured Finfishes in the Philippines, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines, 4-5 May 1993, 1996 - SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department
    Clarias macrocephalus is endemic yet dwindling freshwater foodfish in the Philippines. Induced breeding protocol was developed by monitoring the size and maturation of eggs at 0-48 h after a simultaneous injection of luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone analogue (LHRHa; 0.0005 - 0.10 µg/g BW) and pimozide (PIM; 1 µg/g BW). Based on its similar osmotic pressure with catfish plasma, eggs were fixed in 1% phosphate-buffered formalin. Mean egg diameter of fish that were induced to mature increased during ovulation. Oocyte maturation, indicated by oocytes with germinal vesicle breakdown (GVBD), was observed at least 12 h post-injection in fish given 0.01 - 0.10 µg LHRHa + 1 µg PIM/g BW, followed by ovulation 4 h thereafter. Results showed that a simultaneous injection of C. macrocephalus with 0.05 µg LHRHa + 1 µg PIM/g BW at 1800-1900 h followed by stripping at 16-20 h post-injection resulted in high ovulation, fertilization and hatching rates.
  • Conference paper

    Natural spawning of four Epinephelus species in the laboratory 

    MNR Alava, MLL Dolar & JA Luchavez - In CL Marte, GF Quinitio & AC Emata (Eds.), Proceedings of the Seminar-Workshop on Breeding and Seed Production of Cultured Finfishes in the Philippines, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines, 4-5 May 1993, 1996 - SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department
    Natural spawnings of four Epinephelus species reared in the laboratory were observed from 1987 to 1992. These species are: E. summana, E. caeruleopunctatus, E. macrospilus and E. fuscoguttatus. Spawning was serial, usually occurring at night, on or 1-6 days after the new moon. Egg characteristics of these four species were compared. Fertilized egg and early larval development of E. summana and E. fuscoguttatus are discussed.
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    Maturation of Oreochromis niloticus gonads 

    AA Casauay & VS Carino - In CL Marte, GF Quinitio & AC Emata (Eds.), Proceedings of the Seminar-Workshop on Breeding and Seed Production of Cultured Finfishes in the Philippines, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines, 4-5 May 1993, 1996 - SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department
    At hatching when fry were 5 to 6 mm, primordial germ cells (PGCs) were found to concentrate along the dorsomedian region of the peritoneal wall at the root of the developing mesentery and in places far from the appearance of testocoel and ovocoel. At 56 days posthatching, oogenic cells in the ovary had enlarged approximately 2 to 3 times their former size. The testis remained quiescent although the stromal tissues with developing efferent ducts increased distinctly in amount. Spermatogenesis occurred at three months posthatching.
  • Conference paper

    Endocrine changes associated with overripening of ovulated eggs in goldfish, Carassius auratus L. 

    MJ Formacion & TJ Lam - In CL Marte, GF Quinitio & AC Emata (Eds.), Proceedings of the Seminar-Workshop on Breeding and Seed Production of Cultured Finfishes in the Philippines, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines, 4-5 May 1993, 1996 - SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department
    Changes in steroid hormone levels in the serum and ovarian fluid were studied during overripening in goldfish. Ovulated eggs retained in the ovarian cavity become overripe at around 12 h after ovulation and completely overripe 24 h after. Blood and ovarian fluid were taken at 0, 3, 6, 12, 18, and 24 h after ovulation. Estradiol-17ß (E 2) , testosterone (T), progesterone (P) and 17α,20ß-dihydroxy-4-pregnen-3-one (17α,20ß-P) in the serum were extracted directly with a solvent while those in the ovarian fluid were separated by HPLC before radioimmunoassay. Both serum and ovarian fluid P showed a highly significant decline at 18 h with a further decline at 24 h; P levels were higher in the ovarian fluid. Serum 17α,20ß-P showed a progressive and more rapid decline, decreasing significantly at 12 h with further decreases at 18 h and 24 h; the level was five-fold lower at 24 h compared to the 0 h level. Serum T increased significantly at 3 h which was maintained until 18 h, when it declined to 0 h level. No significant changes in E2 were observed in the serum, except for a significant difference between 6 and 24 h. There were no significant changes in E2, T and 17α,20ß-P in the ovarian fluid. Of the four steroids measured, only 17α,20ß-P and P showed changes which bear some correlation with the time course of overripening. The declines in the mean ratios of 17α,20ß-P/E2 in the serum and P/E2 in the ovarian fluid also appeared to have a good correlation with the time course of overripening. The postovulatory follicles (POFs) showed degenerative features which likewise correspond to the decline in P and 17α,20ß-P.
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    Changes in lipid and fatty acid content during early larval development of milkfish (Chanos chanos): influence of broodstock diet 

    CL Marte, IG Borlongan & AC Emata - In CL Marte, GF Quinitio & AC Emata (Eds.), Proceedings of the Seminar-Workshop on Breeding and Seed Production of Cultured Finfishes in the Philippines, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines, 4-5 May 1993, 1996 - SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department
    The influence of amount and type of lipid given to milkfish broodstock by developing larvae was investigated by feeding broodstock commercial diets that differed in lipid content and composition. The two commercial feeds used had the following proximate composition: RFP - 28.16% crude protein, 2.40% crude fat, 7.58% crude fiber, 53.94% N-free extract; RCP - 43.28% crude protein, 4.58% crude fat, 6.18% crude fiber, 37.0% N-free extract.

    The lipid content and fatty acid composition of spawned milkfish eggs reflected that of the broodstock feed. Percent lipid in egg from broodstock fed RFP and RCP dropped by 22.5% and 26.9% in newly-hatched larvae and by 53.0% and 65.0% in day 2 larvae (>90% yolk resorbed), respectively. Decreases in total PUFA and increase in monoenoic fatty acids during yolk resorption indicate that milkfish as in other marine fishes utilize PUFA during early larval development. While differences in rate of utilization of individual n-3 and n-6 FA in two groups of larvae seem to be influenced by levels of the fatty acids in eggs, the influence of other nutrients on fatty acid utilization need to be investigated.
  • Conference paper

    Artificial incubation for intensive fry production of Nile tilapia Oreochromis niloticus (L.) 

    GC Mair, CC Estabillo & LR Dahilig - In CL Marte, GF Quinitio & AC Emata (Eds.), Proceedings of the Seminar-Workshop on Breeding and Seed Production of Cultured Finfishes in the Philippines, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines, 4-5 May 1993, 1996 - SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department
    Two experiments were conducted to evaluate and compare the production, quality, and survival of eggs and the subsequent growth and survival of fry in two small scale production systems: (i) natural incubation (NI), and (ii) egg collection followed by artificial incubation in upwelling glass funnels (AI). Cost benefits analysis was applied to the production figures to compare the economic viability of the two methods. The results were used to design a fry production system for the intensive production of Genetically Male Tilapia (GMT) from limited numbers of novel YY-male broodstock.
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    The role of cyclic amp in oocyte maturation of goldfish, Carassius auratus 

    EB Seraspe, CH Tan & TJ Lam - In CL Marte, GF Quinitio & AC Emata (Eds.), Proceedings of the Seminar-Workshop on Breeding and Seed Production of Cultured Finfishes in the Philippines, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines, 4-5 May 1993, 1996 - SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department
    The role of cyclic AMP in oocyte maturation was investigated using denuded goldfish oocytes cultured in vitro. The oocytes were stimulated with a maturation-inducing steroid (MIS), 17α, 20ß dihydroxy-4-pregnen-3-one (17, 20 P) with or without forskolin or forskolin only. Changes in cAMP concentrations and percent maturation of the oocytes were determined. Results showed that elevated levels of cAMP maintain the oocytes in meiotic arrest while a decrease would trigger the resumption of meiotic maturation.
  • Conference paper

    Control of gonad growth, maturation and spawning in teleost fish: A review 

    AD Munro & TJ Lam - In CL Marte, GF Quinitio & AC Emata (Eds.), Proceedings of the Seminar-Workshop on Breeding and Seed Production of Cultured Finfishes in the Philippines, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines, 4-5 May 1993, 1996 - SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department
    Despite their great variety of reproductive strategies, a general characteristic of most teleosts is that (where known) natural reproduction shows a long-term periodicity, even in tropical habitats (e.g. see contributions in Munro et al. 1990a). Typically, gonad development from puberty leads to fully-grown gonads by the advent of the spawning season; if conditions are appropriate, then final gonad maturation leads to the production of viable gametes during one or more breeding bouts. Subsequently, in those larger species which spawn over more than one season, the gonads regress and the individual returns to a phase where any growth is somatic. However, there is wide interspecific variability in the pattern of gonad development (Wallace and Selman 1981, de Vlaming 1983, Billard 1986, Selman and Wallace 1989).
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    The commercial production of green grouper fingerlings, Epinephelus suillus, from wild caught fry - an industry experience 

    JV Juario, JR Silapan & LL Silapan Jr. - In CL Marte, GF Quinitio & AC Emata (Eds.), Proceedings of the Seminar-Workshop on Breeding and Seed Production of Cultured Finfishes in the Philippines, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines, 4-5 May 1993, 1996 - SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department
    Wild-caught fry of the green groupers, Epinephelus malabaricus and E. suillus ranging in standard lengths (SL) from 1.5 to 3.0 cm were bought from different fry dealers all over the Philippines. These were reared from 1.0 to 2.5 months in 10 to 40 m3 (small) concrete tanks, in 240 m3 (large) concrete nursery tanks with sandy bottom, in 10 m3 hapa nets installed either in large nursery concrete tanks with sandy bottom or in 0.8 to 1.0 ha earthen ponds. The initial stocking density was 33-150/m3. When the fingerlings reached 5 to 7 cm SL, these were harvested and stocked in cages. The wild fry were fed adult brine shrimps for the first few days and later, trash fish. Rearing water in small concrete tanks was changed daily while that in large nursery tanks and hapas was changed only when dissolved oxygen level was about 4 ppt or lower. Survival rates ranged from 3% to 64%. Although survival rates varied, rearing grouper fry in hapa nets installed in earthen ponds were found to be the most suitable for the commercial production of grouper fingerlings to a size suitable for stocking in cages. The large variation in survival rates is attributed mainly to the quality of wild fry bought from different fry dealers all over the country and the occurrence of diseases during the culture period. The problems encountered in the commercial production of fingerlings are discussed.
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    Effects of single injection of carp pituitary extract and human chorionic gonadotropin on germinal vesicle migration and ovulation in lampan sungai, Puntius schwanenfeldii (Bleeker): A preliminary study 

    SA Harmin, R Joannes & SH Cheah - In CL Marte, GF Quinitio & AC Emata (Eds.), Proceedings of the Seminar-Workshop on Breeding and Seed Production of Cultured Finfishes in the Philippines, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines, 4-5 May 1993, 1996 - SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department
    The effects of crude pituitary extract (CPE) and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) on germinal vesicle migration and ovulation in lampan sungai Puntius schwanenfeldii (Bleeker) were investigated. Sexually mature female lampan sungai were divided into four groups (n=3 per group). In both experiments, fish were injected intramuscularly (im) once and were checked for germinal vesicle migration and sign of ovulation 8 h following injection. In experiment 1, females were treated with CPE at doses of 2, 4, or 6 mg/kg body weight (BW) while controls were administered an equivalent volume of saline. Ovulation occurred in one fish given 2 mg/kg and in another fish that received 6 mg/kg CPE. In a second experiment, female fish were administered hCG at doses of 1000, 2000, or 4000 IU/kg body weight. Similarly, controls received only saline. One female injected with 4000 IU/kg hCG responded positively to the hormone treatment. Clearly, in our study, a single intramuscular injection of CPE and hCG induced spawning in lampan sungai as well as accelerated oocyte development as evidenced by the increasing percentage of oocytes showing germinal vesicle migration.
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    Induced spawning of the mangrove red snapper, Lutjanus argentimaculatus 

    AC Emata, B Eullaran & M de los Santos - In CL Marte, GF Quinitio & AC Emata (Eds.), Proceedings of the Seminar-Workshop on Breeding and Seed Production of Cultured Finfishes in the Philippines, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines, 4-5 May 1993, 1996 - SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department
    Wild-caught mangrove red snapper, Lutjanus argentimaculatus, reared for a year in 4.0 m diameter by 1.5 m deep circular concrete tank spontaneously matured and were used for induced spawning trials. On 19 August 1992, a sexually mature female (4.6 kg BW) and male (3.2 kg BW) fish were given a single intramuscular injection of 1500 IU human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)/kg BW. Spawning occurred 27 h after injection with total egg collection of 1.3 M. Hatching occurred 16 h after spawning at 28 °C and 32 ppt. On 18 March 1993, the same male and female together with a newly-caught spermiating male (6.3 kg BW) were injected intramuscularly with 100 µg luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone analogue (LHRHa)/kg BW. Spawning occurred 44 hours after injection with the total egg collection of 0.7 M. Hatching occurred 16 hours after spawning at the same temperature and salinity as the first trial. The successful spawning trials encourage further research to determine the effective minimum dose of hCG and LHRHa.
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    Impact of nickel poisoning on the histology of the ovaries of Oreochromis mossambicus 

    C Sioson & A Herrera - In CL Marte, GF Quinitio & AC Emata (Eds.), Proceedings of the Seminar-Workshop on Breeding and Seed Production of Cultured Finfishes in the Philippines, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines, 4-5 May 1993, 1996 - SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department
    Ovaries of Oreochromis mossambicus exposed to sublethal concentrations of nickel sulphate (0.5 mg/1 and 1.0 mg/1) were histologically analyzed. Changes following exposure to 0.5 mg/1 nickel sulphate include irregularities in the shape of egg follicles, subcellular oocyte damage, lifting off of the theca layer and proliferation of connective tissues. In the ovaries exposed to 1.0 mg/1 nickel sulphate, degenerative changes are worse. Invasion by connective tissues is extensive, oocytes have bizarre shapes, yolk granules are scattered in the interfollicular spaces, abnormal growths are evident and previttelogenic oocytes abound.

    Nickel is a toxicant in Oreochromis mossambicus ovaries.
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    Successful use of cryopreserved oyster trocophores as a live first feed larval marine fish and invertebrates 

    BJ Harvey - In CL Marte, GF Quinitio & AC Emata (Eds.), Proceedings of the Seminar-Workshop on Breeding and Seed Production of Cultured Finfishes in the Philippines, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines, 4-5 May 1993, 1996 - SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department
    Trochophore-stage larvae of the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas were cryopreserved in bulk and stored in liquid nitrogen for periods up to two years before thawing and feeding to a variety of warmwater and coldwater larval marine fish, as well as to marine shrimps and other invertebrates. The commercial product ("TrochoFeed"), marketed in both pre-thawed and cryopreserved versions, has been used successfully in the early rearing of cultured species including red drum, snook, grouper, and black cod, as well as for numerous warmwater and coldwater aquarium display fish.

    This paper describes the nutritional profile of the cryopreserved trochopores and presents a summary of the available growth and mortality data.
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    Tilapia breeding and seed production for brackishwater culture in the Philippines 

    RD Guerrero III, LA Guerrero & RG Cornejo - In CL Marte, GF Quinitio & AC Emata (Eds.), Proceedings of the Seminar-Workshop on Breeding and Seed Production of Cultured Finfishes in the Philippines, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines, 4-5 May 1993, 1996 - SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department
    Tilapias are important foodfishes in the Philippines second only to milkfish. While farming of tilapias in freshwater ponds and cages is already established, there is a need for wider application of the available technologies for brackishwater culture. This paper presents the tilapia species used for brackishwater farming and the commercial methods applied for their hatchery/nursery rearing.
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    Mass larval rearing technology of marine finfish in Japan 

    K Fukusho - In CL Marte, GF Quinitio & AC Emata (Eds.), Proceedings of the Seminar-Workshop on Breeding and Seed Production of Cultured Finfishes in the Philippines, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines, 4-5 May 1993, 1996 - SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department
    With economic development and increased demand for high price fish, industrial scale marine finfish culture in Japan was started in 1960-1965 for yellowtail Seriola quinqueradiata. Sustainable supply of wild juvenile and development of floating cage with synthetic fiber net have spurred the culture of nearly 30 species and total production in 1991 is 265 x 103 metric tons (nearly 25% of total aquaculture production). Although salmon ranching had been started in 1888, a national project of ocean ranching was only initiated in 1963 with the present target of 26 species of marine finfish. Ocean ranching aims to increase fisheries resources in coastal sea by stocking hatchery-reared juveniles and preservation of environmental capacity and habitat. Therefore, mass production of marine finfish juveniles is being done for the intensive culture in net cage and for stocking coastal sea in Japan.

    Nearly 200 million juveniles are produced by ocean ranching centers (14 national, 49 prefectural, 21 city and town, 53 fishermen's association). The number of target fish is about 60 species (excluding salmon and trout). The main species produced are red sea bream, Pagrus major, flounder, Paralichthys olivaceus, puffer, Takifugu rubrapes, rockfish, Sebastes shlegeli, and mud dab, Limanda yokohamae. More than one million juveniles of these species are produced at one hatchery or ocean ranching center per one fry production season. About 70% of total production of juveniles consist of red sea bream and flounder. Red sea bream could be used to introduce mass larval rearing technology in Japan since its mass production is well developed. The focus of the present paper is the present status and short history of the development in larval rearing technology for red sea bream.
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    Influence of LHRHa and methyltestosterone on milt production of sea bass Lates calcarifer (Bloch) 

    GV Hilomen-Garcia, RB Baldevarona & FJ Lacanilao - In CL Marte, GF Quinitio & AC Emata (Eds.), Proceedings of the Seminar-Workshop on Breeding and Seed Production of Cultured Finfishes in the Philippines, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines, 4-5 May 1993, 1996 - SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department
    Milt volume, sperm density, and number of spermatozoa were determined to quantify milt production of mature sea bass after a single injection of LHRHa [(D-Ala6,Pro9-N-ethylamiide)LHRH] in saline solution and 17α-methyltestosterone in corn oil (MT). Two measures of sperm density, sperm count and spermatocrit, were highly correlated (r=0.85). Compared with control, milt volume and the number of spermatozoa collected increased but sperm count decreased (24% at 24 h) after a LHRHa (20 µg/kg body weight treatment, suggesting a stimulation of spermatozoa production and not merely milt dilution. Further milt dilution (44%) was induced by 80 µg/kg LHRHa (LHRHa80) at 12 h post-treatment but not by 200 µg/kg MT (MT200) alone. A milt dilution of only 27% at 12 h after simultaneous injections of LHRHa80 and MT200 may indicate some inhibitory effect of MT on the efficiency of LHRHa. These results demonstrate that the stimulation of milt production by LHRHa involves testicular hydration resulting in milt dilution.
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    Nickel-induced pathohistologic alterations in Oreochromis mossambicus 

    G Gicaro & A Herrera - In CL Marte, GF Quinitio & AC Emata (Eds.), Proceedings of the Seminar-Workshop on Breeding and Seed Production of Cultured Finfishes in the Philippines, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines, 4-5 May 1993, 1996 - SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department
    A pathohistologic study was conducted to determine the effects of nickel on the testes of maturing Mozambique tilapia, Oreochromis mossambicus. The fish were treated with 0.5 mg/L and 1.0 mg/L sublethal dose of nickel sulphate for four weeks. A week reduction in spermatogenic activity together with the disintegration of seminiferous tubules and spermatocytes are commonly observed in the 0.5 mg/L-treated fish. This results in the scattering of germ cells and the occurrence of spaces within the spermatocysts. Pyknotic nuclei are also seen in some specimens. Connective tissues and blood cells invade the damaged regions of the organ. Enlargement of Sertoli cells and interstitial cells are also observed. These effects are more pronounced in the 1.0 mg/L-treated testes.

    Relatively low levels of nickel in aquatic ecosystems impose a great danger to the reproduction and survival of Mozambique tilapia.
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    Role of growth hormone in the adaptation to sea water of juveline brown trout, (Salmo trutta) 

    JME Almendras & P Punet - In CL Marte, GF Quinitio & AC Emata (Eds.), Proceedings of the Seminar-Workshop on Breeding and Seed Production of Cultured Finfishes in the Philippines, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines, 4-5 May 1993, 1996 - SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department
    The first part of the study investigates the ability of ovine growth hormone (oGH) to enhance the hypo-osmoregulatory and growth performance of juvenile brown trout after exposure to sea water (SW). Three groups of fish were either intraperitoneally implanted with cholesterol pellet (sham) or with a cholesterol pellet containing 250 µg oGH (treated) or not implanted (control). While still in fresh water (FW), gill Na+/K+ATPase activity of the oGH-treated group was four times higher than that of sham and control groups. Exposure to SW resulted to dramatic increases in plasma electrolyte levels of the sham and control groups, whereas the oGH-treated group showed only minor perturbations in plasma electrolyte concentrations. Further increases in gill Na+/K+ ATPase activity were observed in the oGH-treated group after SW exposure, while in the sham and control, a lag time of seven days was needed before gill ATPase activity started to increase. Additionally, by the end of the experiment, oGH-treated fish were significantly larger than non-treated ones.

    The second part of the study examines the time course of changes in plasma GH levels and GH free binding sites and affinity of the organs involved in osmoregulation in juvenile brown trout kept in FW or exposed to SW. Plasma GH levels increased significantly one day after SW exposure, reaching a peak on the 14th day. Concomitantly, GH free binding sites in the gills and liver decreased significantly in trout exposed to SW but remained unchanged in trout kept in FW. Reduction in GH free binding sites in SW-exposed trout indicates occupation of the gill and liver GH receptor by GH during the course of SW adaptation which may point to a direct role of GH on gill and liver physiology during hypo-osmoregulation.

    The second part of the study examines the time course of changes in plasma GH levels and GH free binding sites and affinity of the organs involved in osmoregulation in juvenile brown trout kept in FW or exposed to SW. Plasma GH levels increased significantly one day after SW exposure, reaching a peak on the 14th day. Concomitantly, GH free binding sites in the gills and liver decreased significantly in trout exposed to SW but remained unchanged in trout kept in FW. Reduction in GH free binding sites in SW-exposed trout indicates occupation of the gill and liver GH receptor by GH during the course of SW adaptation which may point to a direct role of GH on gill and liver physiology during hypo-osmoregulation.

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