An in-pond raceway system incorporating removal of fish wastes Academic Article uri icon


  • An aquaculture system called 'in-pond raceway (IPR)' was studied for channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) production. The raceway was a rectangular-shaped box (4·9 × 1·2 m × 1·2 m high), built from treated lumber and suspended between walkways of a floating pier. A set of air-lift pumps located at the head-end of the raceway circulated pond water into the raceway. The raceway had an approximately 4% bottom slope along the 4·9 m length to assist the movement of fish wastes (feces and uneaten feed). In 1992 four raceways were stocked with an average of 2078 fingerlings per raceway. Mortalities during the 124-day culture period averaged 341 fish (16·4%) per raceway. The growth rate averaged 1·29 g day-1 with an average food conversion ratio (FCR) of 1·95. The average total weight of the harvested fish was 297·3 kg per raceway (52·2 kg m-3). A total of 20·1 m3 of effluent containing fish wastes was removed and sampled. The samples were analyzed for concentrations of total solids, BOD and nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus). The system was intended to remove settleable wastes with primary and secondary waste collectors. Soluble wastes were allowed to enter the pond. © 1995.

author list (cited authors)

  • Yoo, K. H., Masser, M. P., & Hawcroft, B. A.

citation count

  • 13

publication date

  • January 1995