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Project development assessment: genetic identification and stock improvement of tilapia in Malaysia and Fiji: project 9206


Tilapia are an extremely versatile fish for aquaculture, with high reproductive and growth rates. They are relatively disease free and can be cultured in water of variable quality and salinity. Because of their ability to grow under a range of conditions, they are ideal for subsistence farming, but additionally, are quite suitable for market-orientated production. As such, tilapia production technology appears to be well-suited for adoption by small-scale producers, primarily because the initial capital investments are comparatively low, making their uptake an attractive option.