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The controlled breeding of finfish for culture is reviewed with special refer-ence to recent developments and persistent problems. Freshwater species are at present cultured on a much larger scale than brackishwater and marine species which have potential for aquaculture in arid and semi-arid lands. A reliable supply of fish seed for freshwater farming can usually be produced from captive broodstock whereas coastal aquaculture still depends largely on collection of seed from the wild.

Coral reefs may produce as much as 10% of the annual world fish catch. Yet, very little investigation has been done on the biology of coral reef fishes, so that we know little about their growth rates and mortalities, vital parameters in the understanding of their population dynamics and, hence, of their exploitability.

Early computer applications in temperate stock assessment are briefly reviewed, along with some properties of present lines of programmable calculators and microcomputers. Differences and similarities between temperate and tropical fish stocks are also reviewed, emphasis being given to implications for stock assessment.