What is a hatchery?

A fish hatchery is a place for artificial breeding, egg hatching, and rearing across the early life stages of aquatic animals (e.g. finfish and crustaceans). The output of a hatchery is normally fry, fingerlings or juveniles (with the respective name depending on the life stage/age of the fish). These young small fish are then transferred to an on-growing section to reach harvest size.

Fish Hatchery systems

The quality of husbandry in the early life stages determines to a large extend the fitness, health and growth of fish in grow out settings. Aquaculture ID hatcheries provide just that; the optimal fish hatchery systems fitting each life stage in the development of African catfish, Tilapia and other fish species like common carp and ornamental fish. Our hatcheries are set up in a modular way. Each hatchery module is a small RAS (Recirculating Aquaculture System) capable of producing a fixed number of fingerlings of a certain size.

Turnkey and Plug & Play solutions

Next to plug-and-play systems, Aquaculture ID offers complete packages including the systems, all necessary fish farming equipment, infrastructure (electrical and water), installation, training (technical, fish breeding and biosecurity) and even fish feed. Turn-key projects allowing a quick and complete start fully backed up by Aquaculture ID.

From our experience we see that the installation costs for small to medium sized hatcheries are relatively expensive. This is the reason we have developed the Plug & Play systems.

Therefor we generally advise:

Essential fish hatchery requirements

We believe that the following four requirements are essential for a successful fish hatchery:

  1. RAS Technology. A Recirculating Aquaculture System is ideal for controlling the water parameters. Hereby giving the young fish the optimal living conditions resulting in healthy fingerlings.
  2. Good genetics. Using broodstock from a well performing genetic strain improves the growth and health performance of your fish. Check out our Dutch strain African catfish broodstock and/or Dutch strain African catfish fingerlings.
  3. High quality fish feed. The broodstock and young fish in your hatchery should be fed with high quality fish feed to give them a head start in life. Quality fish feed is not only important for your fish but also for the operation of the RAS systems as low quality fish feed spoils the filter of the RAS system.
  4. Proper management and staff. A successful hatchery cannot work properly without good management and the well trained staff.

Fish hatchery equipment

Next to the different systems we supply a wide range of aquaculture equipment and products.

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