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Genetically Enhanced Tilapia Introduced in Cuba

by 5m Editor
2 June 2009, at 1:00a.m.

CIEGO DE AVILA, CUBA - A new kind of tilapia, genetically improved, is being introduced in Cuba by the National Fishery Distributing Industry in order to increase fish supplies for the population.

According to Cuban News Agency, Dacio Gutierrez Padilla, head of the programme to develop tilapias in cages and ponds in Cuba, explained to the press that these fish show a higher degree of daily weight gain, up to four grammes a day, compared to other species in the same period of time.

In a national workshop on the handling of tilapias, held in this province, Gutierrez Padilla said that the Nilotica, name of this species, grows faster and that it adapts easily to new conditions.

The fattening of young fish with vegetable protein feed, composed mainly of soy beans, is carried out as intensive culture in cages and ponds for a six-month period when they gain 300-400 grammes on average.

This central Cuban province acts a reproduction bank of this fresh water species and it is in charge of supplying specimens with a weight of over 250 grammes, ready to reproduce, to other provinces such as Sancti Spíritus, Camagüey, Holguín and Granma.

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