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A bioassay for production capacity assessment

January 1, 1988

Given sufficient oxygen, fish production can be limited by a multiplicity of factors. Accurate determination of production capacity requires something other than an estimate of the biomass at which ambient un-ionized ammonia will reach a recommended, non-site-specific, maximum safe concentration. A chronic (1- to 2-month) bioassay can be used to determine the point at which metabolite buildup reduces growth by some predetermined proportion, or causes unacceptable tissue damage. The bioassay is conducted as a series reuse, single-pass system, in which incoming water to each rearing unit is aerated to 90% dissolved oxygen saturation. The assessment of production capacity is based on the relation between cumulative oxygen consumption and growth reduction.

Publication Year 1988
Title A bioassay for production capacity assessment
DOI 10.1016/0144-8609(88)90011-8
Authors J. W. Meade
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Aquacultural Engineering
Index ID 1014027
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Leetown Science Center