PhD defence

Protein gain in Nile tilapia: a conceptual study

PhD candidate Gauthier GDP (Gauthier) Konnert MSc
Promotor JW (Johan) Schrama WJJ (Walter) Gerrits
External copromotor dr. Sander WS Gussekloo
Organisation Aquaculture and Fisheries, Wageningen University & Research

Fri 14 October 2022 13:30

Venue Groot Auditorium


By supplying nutrients in far greater amounts than natural ecosystems do, formulated feeds allow farmed fish to grow rapidly. The conversion of absorbed dietary proteins into muscle fibres is the main driver of fish growth. However, fish also utilise dietary proteins as a source of energy, which results in the release of nitrogen in the form of ammonia. Ammonia accumulation may compromise natural water bodies equilibriums (e.g. eutrophication). Thus, efficient conversion of dietary nutrients into fish growth is key to the sustainability of farmed fish production (aquaculture). The freshwater Nile tilapia is the third most farmed fish species worldwide. In this thesis, we tested if the protein and energy content of tilapia feeds can be optimised to maximise growth and feed conversion efficiency. Moreover, we tested if contrasts in muscle fibre recruitment induced during early life affect the growth capacity and dietary protein-to-energy dietary requirements of Nile tilapia later in life.