Breeding and Farming of the Silver Pomfret Pampus argenteus shares the technical knowledge available so far on the breeding and grow-out production of the most wanted marine food fish, the silver pomfret Pampus argenteus (Euphrasen, 1788) to guide potential entrepreneurs towards establishing commercial Silver Pomfret hatchery and farming system. Silver Pomfret is a popular fish species in several countries and enjoys high export market demand in India as well as in other countries. Consumption of this marine fish species has immense health benefits such as protection against hyperlipidemia, high cholesterol, coronary atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases. The market demand for silver pomfret has increased in recent years because of the decline of fish landings due to overfishing, ecological changes and depleting wild stock. This book provides in-depth technical knowledge in designing a commercial Recycled Aquaculture System (RAS) for the production of 200 tonnes of marketable size Silver Pomfret per year. Working principles and capacities of different equipment in the production system are described in detail with pictures. In addition to contributing new project ideas for the business communities, the technical descriptions of this book would enlighten the theoretical knowledge of the student communities. The book contains 98 pictures, 8 tables and 156 references.
Dr Charles M. James is a retired scientist and has considerable experience in the tropical marine fish and shrimp hatchery and commercial grow-out production systems. He is well experienced in breeding and hatchery production of several marine fish species that include groupers, seabass, sea bream, cobia, pompano, etc. He is a forerunner in the breeding and grow-out production of the Silver Pomfret Pampus argenteus. He is experienced in land-based as well as offshore sea-cage farming systems for marine fish and the intensive and semi-intensive production of marine shrimps. His expertise includes the design and operation of Recycled Aquaculture Systems (RAS) for commercial applications. He has working experience in several countries and has contributed his services to national and international organizations. Professional contribution includes working as the Senior Technical Advisor for FAO/United Nations, for the Marine Fish Farming Project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He was also a consultant for IFAD/UN projects. As a Research Scientist, he has contributed his services at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait for more than 17 years. Currently, Dr James is providing technical backup and consultancy services for developing commercial aquaculture projects in several countries. In addition to participating in several international conferences, the author has contributed 39 papers in refereed international scientific journals and 78 professional journal papers and technical reports (Total number of publications 117).