Article

The impact of seasonal alteration in the lipid composition of broodstock diets on egg quality in the European sea bass

Citation

Navas JM, Bruce M, Thrush M, Farndale BM, Bromage NR, Zanuy S, Carrillo M, Bell JG & Ramos J (1997) The impact of seasonal alteration in the lipid composition of broodstock diets on egg quality in the European sea bass. Journal of Fish Biology, 51 (4), pp. 760-773. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.1997.tb01997.x

Abstract
Groups of European sea bass Dicentrarchus labrax L., broodstock were fed two pelleted, lipid-enriched diets [maize oil, low essential fatty acid (EFA) or fish oil, high EFA]. Those fed the high EFA diet for 12 months or only during vitellogenesis (September to February) with the low EFA diet fed for the remaining 6 months, showed improved egg quality and higher hatching rates when compared to two groups fed the high EFA diet during either previtel-logenesis (February to September) or the spawning period (February to April). The higher quality eggs contained higher levels of total n-3 fatty acids, including increased levels of both docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapaentaenoic acid (EPA). High levels of triacylglycerol (TAG) were linked with the poorer quality eggs from those groups fed the low EFA diet during the period of vitellogenesis. The present work identifies vitellogenesis as the period in the maturation during which EFA are incorporated most effectively into the developing oocytes.

Keywords
lipids; eggs; sea bass; broodstock diet; n-3 PUFA

Journal
Journal of Fish Biology: Volume 51, Issue 4

StatusPublished
Publication date31/10/1997
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
ISSN0022-1112