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As the zander provides very tasty meat, it is increasingly gaining in commercial importance for the entire fisheries industry. Demand is rising and can be barely met by wild catches taken from lakes and rivers. As a result, it is bred more and more in aquaculture.
Although in conventional fish-farming it is reared together with carp in about three years, when zander is farmed intensively and in recirculation systems it can even be sold for food after one year.
Under controlled conditions, the zander is propagated, reared from spawn to juvenile and adapted to dry fish feed in the hatchery. It is then reared in ponds, raceways and recirculation systems much quicker to supply this popular fish for the table.
I have worked extensively with zander, propagated it in the hatchery and tried various ways of adapting it to dry fish feed until I have achieved a satisfactory result. This experience has taught me how to optimise – and therefore increase – commercial success in zander farming.