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The Austevoll Research Station maintains a 25 000 m3 saltwater pond facility for high volume production of zooplankton as a food source for larval fish. The pond is stocked with copepods, predominantly species of Acartia and Centropages, which can be size-fractionated and collected using a wheel filtration system. Access to live copepods as a food source for larval fish is an improvement over the use of rotifers, Artemia, and formulated feeds. For more information about the pond, the filtration system and the quality of the food that it produces, read these articles:

van der Meeren, T., R.E. Olsen, K. Hamre & H.J. Fyhn. 2008. Biochemical composition of copepods for evaluation of feed quality in production of juvenile marine fish. Aquaculture 274: 375-397.
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van der Meeren, T., Ø. Karlsen, P.L. Liebig & A. Mangor-Jensen. 2014. Copepod production in a saltwater pond system: A reliable method for achievement of natural prey in start-feeding of marine fish larvae. Aquaculture Engineering 62: 17-27.
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