TitleEffects of selective harvesting and claw ablation of all-male freshwater prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) on water quality, production and economics in polyculture ponds
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsRahman, SMS, Wahab, MA
JournalAquaculture Research
Pagination404 - 417
Date Published2010

The effects of selective harvesting (SH) ad claw ablation (CA) of blue-clawed (BC) prawns on an all-male freshwater prawn-finfish polyculture system were compared with control (Co) in quadruplicate. Ponds were stocked with all-male freshwater prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii, silver carp Hypophthalmichthys molitrix, catla Catla catla and mola Amblypharyngodon mola at 12,000, 2,000, 500, and 20,000 ha-1 respectively. Prawns were fed with pelleted feed. Ponds were fertilized regularly with urea, triple super phosphate and cow-dung. SH of BC prawns in treatment SH and CA in treatment CA started on the 60th day during a 137-day culture and continued at 15-day intervals until the final harvest. Water quality parameters and plankton abundance did not vary significantly (P > 0.05) among the treatments. Treatment SH resulted in a higher (P < 0.05) net production of freshwater prawn (437 kg ha-1), with better survival and mean weight, followed by CA (354 kg ha-1) and Co (322 kg ha-1). The combined net production of prawn plus finfish was also higher in SH (1244 kg ha-1) as compared with CA (1161 kg ha-1) and Co (1137 kg ha-1), although the finfish production did not differ significantly. The periodic SH of BC prawns showed a better economic return with a BCR of 1.71.

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NOP 10-A09 (English)