Test of size-specific mass selection for Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus L., cage farming in the Philippines
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One generation of mass selection based on the collimation procedure (early culling of large fry) was applied on Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus L., in net cages set in Laguna de Bay, Philippines. The objective was to test the effectiveness of a low-cost, small-scale broodstock improvement procedure in this culture environment. Directional selection was performed in two steps after initial removal of large fry at 21 days. Selection of parents and testing of the offspring were also conducted in hapa net cages set up in Laguna de Bay. The selection resulted in a significant positive response of 3% relative to the control, which represents a projected 34% gain over 5 years in Laguna cage culture. The realized heritability is approximately 16%.
Suggested CitationBasiao, Z. U., & Doyle, R. (1999). Test of size-specific mass selection for Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus L., cage farming in the Philippines.
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