Overview of biology and aquaculture of Amur sturgeon (Acipenser schrenckii) in China

Journal of Applied Ichthyology
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Amur sturgeon, Acipenser schrenckii is a large riverine species (max. 3 m length and 190 kg weight) native to the Amur River. In the middle Amur River, males first spawn at 7-8 years of age and females at 9-10 years. Due to overfishing and habitat alteration, the abundance of wild stocks has rapidly declined in recent years. Using wild adults, artificial spawning began in the 1950s in China, and since the early 1990s Amur sturgeon has become the most popular sturgeon for aquaculture. The species is adaptive to many conditions of artificial culture, including traditional Chinese fish culture ponds, lakes, reservoirs, and cages. It will grow well on many types of food, and 1-year-old fish reared on commercial diets weigh 900-1200 g. Based on the examination of females reared for broodstock, first full sexual maturity is expected at 5-6 years of age.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Overview of biology and aquaculture of Amur sturgeon (Acipenser schrenckii) in China
Series title Journal of Applied Ichthyology
DOI 10.1046/j.1439-0426.2002.00365.x
Volume 18
Issue 4-6
Year Published 2002
Language English
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Journal of Applied Ichthyology
First page 659
Last page 664
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