Growth of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua L.) of Faroe Bank strain and Faroe Plateau strain in captivity

Ingvard Fjallstein, E. Magnussen

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Two self-sustainable strains of Atlanticcod~n the Faroese waters; ooe on the
Farne Plateau and one on the Farne Bank. The Farce Bank is about 80 n. miles
SW of the Faroes. Estimations of average growth for the two strains have
shown, that the growth is significantly higher for the Farce Bank cod than for the
Faroe Plateau cod.
Broodfishes from both strains were used in the spawning season in 1992 and
1994and a comparative growth experiment with Q-group cod was initiated in
September each year. The experiment in 1992 lasted eight weeks and did not
show any significant differences between length, weight or specific growth rate.
The experiment in 1994, which lasted for seven months, showed that the Faroe
Bank cod strain changed from being significantly smaller (length and weight) at
beginning of the experiment to bee significantly larger (length and weight) at the
end of the experiment. The specific growth rate, however, was not significantly
different. The condition factor was significantly higher for the Faroe Bank cod in
both experiments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1996


  • growth
  • Atlantic
  • Atlantic cod
  • cod
  • Gadus morhua
  • Faroe Bank
  • Faroe Plateau
  • rearing
  • growth experiment


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