Ponds are a primary production system to a wide variety of freshwater fish species. Each species have specific and unique nutrient needs and successful pond fertilization is critical to a successful aquaculture enterprise. Aquaculture Pond Fertilization: Impacts of Nutrient Input on Production provides state–of–the–art information for successful fertilization strategies for a broad range of pond–raised species.
Aquaculture Pond Fertilization attempts to rectify the seemingly contradictory nutrient recommendations by clearly defining the goals of specific types of aquaculture. Chapters are divided into three sections: The first reviews basic concepts in fertilization applicable to all pond–based production. The second looks at specific nutrient management approaches. The third and final section of chapters looks specifically at key freshwater pond species ranging from tilapia to perch and discusses specific fertilization needs for the successful rearing of these in–demand fish.
Looking across species with chapters contributed by leaders in the field Aquaculture Pond Fertilization provides succinct single–volume coverage of an oft–neglected, but vitally important topic in aquaculture production.
Section 1: General Fertilization Concepts 1
Chapter 1 Nutrient Cycling 3Claude E. Boyd
Chapter 2 Pond Ecology 23Ana Milstein
Chapter 3 Organic and Inorganic Fertilization 33Richard W. Soderberg
Chapter 4 Water Quality and Pond Fertilization 47laude E. Boyd
Chapter 5 Environmental Issues in Pond Fertilization 65Claude E. Boyd and Li Li
Chapter 6 Controlling Plant Pests before Fertilization 73Jimmy L. Avery
Section 2: Management Approaches to Pond Fertilization 93
Chapter 7 Management Strategy 1: Manipulation of Pond Nutrient Ratios 95Jian G. Qin
Chapter 8 Management Strategy 2: The Algal Bioassay Fertilization Strategy An Ecological Approach for Efficient Pond Fertilization 111Christopher F. Knud–Hansen
Chapter 9 Management Strategy 3: Fixed–Rate Fertilizer Applications 129Charles C. Mischke
Section 3: Common Fertilization Practices Currently Used for Production of Selected Species under Various Culture Conditions 135
Chapter 10 Channel Catfish Pond Fertilization 137Charles C. Mischke
Chapter 11 Walleye and Yellow Perch Pond Fertilization 147Christopher F. Hartleb, J. Alan Johnson, and James A. Held
Chapter 12 Some Principles of Pond Fertilization for Nile Tilapia Using Organic and Inorganic Inputs 163James S. Diana
Chapter 13 Fertilizing Sunshine Bass Production Ponds 179Gerald M. Ludwig
Chapter 14 Challenges to the Intensification of Largemouth Bass Culture 197Shawn D. Coyle, Gerald Kurten, Steve Marple, and James H. Tidwell
Chapter 15 Baitfish Pond Fertilization 217Nathan Stone
Chapter 16 Carp Pond Fertilization 235Debajyoti Chakrabarty and Sanjib Kumar Das
Chapter 17 Sportfish Pond Fertilization 245J. Wesley Neal and Robert Kr¨oger
Chapter 18 Fertilization of Marine Finfish Nursery Ponds for Aquaculture Production 259Charles R. Weirich and Jesse A. Chappell
Color plates appear between pages 134 and 135.
Aquaculture Pond Fertilization has shortcomings, but the book is nonetheless a useful addition to the fish–farming literature. It will probably be of most interest to those involved in carrying out research into the farming of freshwater finfish and may be of value to practicing fish culturists, and the book also has something to offer college and university students taking degree programs in aquatic biology and aquaculture. (Journal of Aquaculture, 1 September 2012)