Tilapia can be purchased At supermarkets and fish shops whole on ice fresh and frozen fillets
1. Most production is from enclosed, water reuse systems because of cold winter water temperatures. 2. Production costs are high. 3. Most tilapia are sold live or whole iced. 4. Presently, U. S. producers can’t compete with producers in tropical climates for processed tilapia. 5. Fresh fillets are imported from Central and South America. 6. Frozen whole tilapia and fillets are imported from Asia. Tilapia farming in the U. S.
1.feeds low on the food chain 2. accepts wide range of feeds 3. resistant to poor water quality, disease and handling 4. good flesh quality 5. fingerlings easy to produce year round Advantages of Farming Tilapia
1.sensitive to low water temperatures 2. reach sexual maturity at a young age 3. males grow faster than females 4. difficult to harvest from earthen ponds with a seine 5. low dressout percentage of fillet Disadvantages of raising tilapia
Over 2.0 million mt of farmed tilapia were harvest world-wide in 2004. China>Egypt>Indonesia U. S. tilapia Production 2004: 9,000 MT