Aquaculture is predicted to continue playing a major and ever increasing role in meeting human's needs for protein. Production systems in developing countries are largely based on the use of unimproved species and strains. As knowledge and experience are accumulated in the management, feeding and animal health issues of such production systems, the availability of genetically more productive stock becomes imperative in order to more effectively use the resources. For instance, there is little point in providing ideal water conditions and optimum feed quality to fish that do not have the potential to grow faster and to be harvested in time providing a product of the desired quality. Refinements in the production system and improvement of the stock used must progress hand in hand.
A Systematic approach to advance and refine genetic improvement programs in aquatic species
Ponzoni, R.W. (2003)
p. 9-16. National Symposium on Genetics and Gene Banking of Fish and Shellfish, 29-30 March 2003. Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai