Sexual development in fish, practical applications for aquaculture

A. Cnaani*, B. Levavi-Sivan

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Aquaculture is one of the fastest rising sectors of world food production. Hundreds of fish species are cultured, providing an affordable, high quality food source. Two aspects of sexual development are critically important for the continued improvement of cultured fish stocks: sexual dimorphism and control of reproduction. In this paper, we review the main methods used to control sex determination in fish and their application in some of the most widely cultured species. Specifically, we review the techniques available for the production of all-male, all-female, and sterile populations. Techniques for endocrinological control of reproduction are also discussed.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)164-175
Number of pages12
JournalSexual Development
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Aug 2009


  • All-female
  • All-male
  • Monosex
  • Puberty
  • Reproduction control
  • Sexual dimorphism
  • Sterility


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