Genetic covariation in production traits of sub-adult black bream Acanthopagrus butcheri after grow-out

Doupe, Robert G., and Lymbery, Alan J. (2005) Genetic covariation in production traits of sub-adult black bream Acanthopagrus butcheri after grow-out. Aquaculture Research, 36 (11). pp. 1128-1132.

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Abstract

Predicting the suitability and reliability of traits associated with juvenile growth as indirect selection criteria for choosing future broodstock requires accurate and repeatable estimates of genetic (co)variation for growth traits at di¡erent ages. We compared juvenile wet weight of black bream Acanthopagrus butcheri (Munro) at 6 months of age with wet weight, dressed weight, fillet yield and gonad weight in tagged individuals at 18 months of age, following 12 months of farm grow-out. Fish survival and tag retention was high, and there was significant among family variation for all traits. The phenotypic correlations among wet weight, dressed weight and fillet yield at 18 months of age were very high (0.93^0.97) and similar to their genetic correlations (0.96). Importantly, the phenotypic correlations between wet weight at 6 months and wet weight, dressed weight and fillet yield at 18 months were high (0.63^0.65), and so too were their genetic correlations (0.66^0.73), indicating the potential for using wet weight in the hatchery as a selection criterion for improved weight and meat yield of ¢sh at harvest. Gonad weight shared little or no phenotypic or genetic correlation with these other traits, suggesting that selection for faster growing fish will not affect fecundity or sexual maturation rate. It appears, however, that cultured black bream do become sexually mature more rapidly than wild fish, as 78% of all ¢sh harvested in this study had developing or mature gonads, whereas less than 50% of ¢sh in wild populations are reproductively mature by the same age. Precocious sexual development may lead to uncontrolled spawning in grow-out ponds and a potential loss of selection gains.

Item ID: 9075
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: genetic covariation; genetic correlations; growth traits; decimal coded wire tags; precocious sex maturation
ISSN: 1365-2109
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2010 00:34
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070401 Aquaculture @ 100%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8301 Fisheries - Aquaculture > 830102 Aquaculture Fin Fish (excl. Tuna) @ 100%
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