What fish are grown in aquaculture?

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What fish are grown in aquaculture?

May 20, 2020


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The Wong Lab at IMET is working on improving the environmental sustainability of aquaculture, or fish farming. What kinds of fish do they grow? 

Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus)


 Size: max 60 cm 

Lifespan: up to 10 years 

Diet: plants, detritus and invertebrates 

Habitat: Native to North Africa and Israel 

Fun Fact: Female tilapia are mouth brooders who will incubate and protect fertilized eggs in their mouths until eggs develop and hatch to larval stage. 

Sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria)


 Size: 80+ cm (max 120 cm) 

Lifespan: 90+ years! 

Diet: crustaceans, cephalopods, worms and small fishes 

Habitat: Northeastern Pacific Ocean on mud bottoms 

Fun Fact: Another common name of sablefish is “black cod”, however, it is not a part of cod family 

Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)


 Size: 75 cm 

Lifespan: 3-7 years 

Diet: aquatic insects, mollusks, crustaceans, squids and fish 

Habitat: Coastal rivers of North America, Iceland, Greenland, Europe, Russia and the North Atlantic Ocean 

Fun Fact: Salmon are born in a river, move to the ocean to feed, and return to river to spawn. This kind of migration is called “anadromous.” 

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