·








exhibit


high


feed


conversion


rates
·








have

good


dress

-

out


weight


values
·








have

a

long


shelf


life
·








be

easy

to


process
·








have

a

healthy


appearance


and

color
·








have

good


eating


qualities
Once

you

have

evaluated


your


situation


thoroughly

and

understand


what


is


required,


you

can

then


make


a
intelligent

choice.
Aquatic

Animals
Tilapia
Tilapia

is


the


common


name


for


nearly


a

hundred
species

of


cichlid


fish

from

the


tilapiine


cichlid
tribe.

Tilapia


inhabit


a

variety


of


fresh


water
habitats

including


shallow


streams,


ponds,


rivers
and
lakes.


Historically


they


have

been


of


major
importance

in


artisan


fishing


in


Africa

and

the
Levant

and

are


of


increasing

importance


in
aquaculture.

Tilapia


can

become

problematic
invasive
species


in


new


warm

-

water


habitats,
whether
deliberately

or


accidentally


introduced

but
generally
not


in


temperate


climates

due

to


their
inability

to


survive

in


cool


waters,


generally

below
60
°F


(16


°C).
Fish
farming
Tilapia

is


the


fifth

most


important


fish

in


fish

farming,


with


production

reaching


1,505,804


metric


tons


in


2000.
Because

of


their


large


size,

rapid


growth,


and

palatability,


tilapiine


cichlids


are


the


focus


of


major


farming
efforts,
specifically


various


species


of


Oreochromis

,

Sarotherodon,


and

Tilapia

,


collectively


known


colloquially
as
tilapias.


Like


other


large


fish,


they


are


a

good


source


of


protein

and

popular


among

artisanal


and
commercial

fisheries.


Most


such

fisheries


were

originally


found


in


Africa,


but


outdoor


fish

farms

in


tropical
countries
such

as

Papua


New


Guinea,


the


Philippines,


and

Indonesia


are


underway


in


freshwater


lakes.


In
temperate

zone

localities,


tilapiine


farming


operations

require

energy

to


warm


the


water


to


tropical