Does cod farming have a commercial future? A technical and economic assessment. In: The propagation of cod Gadus morhua L.: an international symposium, Arendal, 14 - 17 June 1983
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Cod is a traditional favourite with British consumers, but supplies have fallen dramatically through the 1960's and 70's as a result of imposed fishing limitations. Maintenance of supplies for the future will depend on efficient stock management or perhaps fish farming. Cod larvae can now be reared in the hatchery using techniques similar to those developed for turbot and sea bass. Growth to market size is rapid at ambient temperatures in the range 5-15 degrees C. Technically cod farming is possible, but economic projections indicate a production cost above the current quayside price for cod and suggest it would not be profitable. Small operations with access to cheap food and specialisist markets exist and appear viable.