The objective of this project was to establish reliable and low cost methods for culturing European clawed lobsters (Homarus gammarus) under controlled conditions to a size suitable for their release into the wild.
This illustrated guide is intended as a practical manual describing the production methodologies and the technical aquaculture considerations involved in the lobster larval rearing processes.
These techniques are also applicable to other mariculture endeavors and may be used to demonstrate to students the considerations involved in marine larval culture. This guide was produced as part of an Aquareg project.
Clawed lobster, green water technique, Homarus gammarus
Table of contents
Hatchery design and operation
Alternative hatchery/ larval culture design
Green water technique for rearing clawed lobster larvae
Postlarval lobster production
Ovigerous female lobsters for larval production
Collection and transportation care of broodstock
Cleaning broodstock and transfer into hatching vessels
Incubation and egg loss
Nutrition in the hatchery
Feeding Artemia to lobsters
Strategy of feeding H. gammarus larvae adopted in this study
Larval development of lobsters
Stage I H. gammarus
Stage II H. gammarus
Stage III H. gammarus
Stage IV H. gammarus
Postlarval lobster collection
Feeding postlarvae and ongrowing Artemia
Step by step protocol for producing postlarval lobsters
Ronan Browne, Gonzalo Pérez Benavente, Ingebrigt Uglem, and José Carlos Mariño Balsa
This guide was produced as part of an AquaReg project
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