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Advances in the aquatic sciences

Sea-cage culture of the spiny lobster Jasus edwardsii in New Zealand

Andrew G. Jeffs and Phil James

Marine and Freshwater Research 52(8) 1419 - 1424
Published: 25 January 2002


The potential for using suspended sea cages for the aquaculture of juvenile spiny lobsters was assessed for Jasus edwardsii in New Zealand. Lobsters were grown for a year in sea cages at three sites starting from pueruli and regularly fed on opened mussels. Larger juvenile lobsters of two size classes were also held in sea cages with small live mussels for food. Pueruli grew at rates that were close to or greater than those previously recorded from tank experiments. At the most northern site, lobsters grew most quickly to an average of 42.1 mm CL 0.4 s.e. and 36.9 g wet weight 1.0 s.e. in a year. The mortality of lobsters differed with site, but at one site was lower (14%) than was recorded in a previous tank-culture experiment (25%). The differences in growth and mortality among sites appear to be related to differences in ambient water temperatures. Larger juvenile lobsters were found to be unable to feed on the small live mussels. These results indicate that suspended sea-cage culture has considerable potential for the aquaculture of spiny lobster juveniles but will require the careful selection of sites and the development of effective feeding arrangements.

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