This study has attempted to access the fish seed transport losses, its causes and way forward the Good Aquaculture Practices (GAP’S) for fish seed trasportation in Nepal. Survey of hatchery owners, nurseries owners, fry traders and fish farmers selected from five districts (Bara, Dhanusha, Mahottari, Sunsari and Kaski) of Nepal were completed from August, 2017-April, 2018. The present survey showed that recommended practices such as conditioning, handling, packing, and acclimatization of fish seed have been not followed by hatchery/nursery owner, fish traders and farmers. Fish seed mortality was found increased with increased duration of transportation times and its ranges between 5-30%. Standard protocol of safe fish seed transportation from carefully handling of fish seed in netting and collection, conditioning before transport, optimum packing density, care during transportation and acclimatization before stocking in ponds as described in this paper should be followed by hatchery owner, nursery owner, fish seed traders, and farmers to reduce the fish seed mortality during and after transportation, and to stock healthy fish seed in ponds.
Md. Akbal Husen, Shiv Narayan Mehta, Md. Saddam Hussain. Fish seed transportation losses, its causes and good aquaculture practices (GAP) for fish seed transportation in Nepal. International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Research, Volume 6, Issue 2, 2021, Pages 32-36