Article

Rearing equipment on the quality aspects and growth performance of Crassostrea gigas (Thunberg, 1793): Implications for marketability

Citation

Brundu G, Loi B, Chindris A, Graham P, Bernabè D & Giménez Papiol G (2020) Rearing equipment on the quality aspects and growth performance of Crassostrea gigas (Thunberg, 1793): Implications for marketability. Aquaculture Research, 51 (7), pp. 2936-2947. https://doi.org/10.1111/are.14632

Abstract
Shell characteristics and consequent marketability of the oyster Crassostrea gigas are influenced by several factors, and most important of which are the rearing methods and gears. In this study, we investigated the effects of two different gears on the quality aspect (shell shape, weight meat percentage, backward shell shape, epibionts and blisters) and growth rate (weight and length) of C. gigas by adopting the innovative Ortac Oyster Farming System, during the field grow‐out phase of production. Aspect and growth of oysters farmed in Ortac and floating bags were compared. After 14 weeks, the aspect of the animals was influenced by the gear, resulting in a lower quality in the Ortac (i.e. worse shell shape, lower weight meat percentage, higher percentage of backwards and blisters) than in the floating bag, while the incidence of epibionts was less in the Ortac. Regarding the growth performance, total wet weight gained in the Ortac was lower (~28.3 g) than in the floating bag (~32.4 g; p < .05). These results highlight the efficiency of the floating bag as oyster rearing system in the Mediterranean basin and suggest the need to alter the Ortac gear to these environmental conditions.

Keywords
Crassostrea gigas; growth; oyster; rearing cages; shell shape

Journal
Aquaculture Research: Volume 51, Issue 7

StatusPublished
Publication date31/07/2020
Publication date online20/04/2020
Date accepted by journal23/03/2020
ISSN1355-557X
eISSN1365-2109