Tilapia: the aquatic chicken.

Acombination of technology and genetics has transformed the poultry industry into a highly complex business over the past thirty years. Tilapias are likened to chickens because the latter, unlike other major animal food commodi¬ties, can be mass produced from eggs, intensively farmed in tiers in three-dimensional "batteries" and can convert plant products into animal protein at a very efficient and economical 2:1 ratio. Tilapias, like chickens, are a source of low-priced animal protein. Both can be farmed highly profitably in a variety of situations from backyard enterprises to high-technology systems; both can be marketed in a variety of value-added products.


Maclean, J.L. (1984)
ICLARM Newsletter 7 (1): 17