The successful management of commercial aquafeeds for shrimp requires understanding the aquatic environment and the availability and enhancement of natural food production, management of pond water and bottom, feed handling and storage, feed application method and feeding regime. The best shrimp feed in the world will yield meager results if it is not handled, stored and used properly.
Overfeeding will cause water pollution and relegate an expensive, carefully formulated and produced feed to the role of a simple fertilizer. Management of commercial aquafeeds is a sequential process, only as strong as its weakest link.
Each production facility must determine the optimal feeding rate and frequency for different commercially available feeds by testing and comparing results in growth, survival and feed efficiency for at least a few growth cycles, to account for seasonal and environmental variability.
Substantial technical information is available on shrimp-feeding behavior and interpreting this information can sometimes be difficult because some data can often seem contradictory. Looking at many of these experiments and observations, the data used can be highly dependent on a host of specific variables and circumstances that are seldom the same between studies and observations. In general, one must be careful not to interpret observations in a broader way than in the context in which they were made.
Source: Global Aquaculture Advocate // Read Article