Technical manuals

Manual on sturgeon reproduction

The basis of every fish farming operation is successful reproduction and the security of a regular supply of high quality fingerlings. Therefore, Coppens International offers this manual to assist in the set up of reliable hatchery procedures for sturgeon. This booklet contains a general description of the sturgeon biology and describes relevant items for successful repro- duction and hatchery management as known for sturgeon at present. It has to be noticed that the described procedures are only meant as guidelines. All mentioned parameters need to be checked and adjusted by the hatchery manager to the specific sturgeon species, life stage and the particular hatchery conditions. 

October 9, 2019

Table of Contents

I. Introduction

  • Biology
  • General morphology
  • Geography
  • Habitat and natural feeding
  • Sturgeon species 
  • Production 
  • Commercial products 

II. Aquaculture and reproduction 

  • Hatchery
  • Male and female spawners
  • Broodstock raised in captivity
  • Feeding and feed quality
  • Handling
  • Anaesthetics
  • Broodstock selection
  • Hormonal injection
  • Semen collection
  • Female egg collection
  • After care of broodstock and equipment
  • Artificial fertilization and egg incubation
  • Larval rearing
  • First feeding with Artemia nauplii
  • First dry feeding
  • Health management
  • Hygiene and disinfection
  • Grading
  • Feed and feeding
  • The future of feeding 


This manual is a special issue by Coppens International bv, Helmond, The Netherlands, November 2007