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Ghosh S, Meyer-Rochow VB, Jung C. Farming the Edible Aquatic Snail Pomacea canaliculata as a Mini-Livestock. Fishes. 2022; 7(1):6.

Farming the edible aquatic snail Pomacea canaliculata as a mini-livestock

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Author: Ghosh, Sampat1; Meyer-Rochow, Victor Benno1,2; Jung, Chuleui1,3
Organizations: 1Agriculture Science and Technology Research Institute, Andong National University, Andong 36729, Korea
2Department of Ecology and Genetics, Oulu University, 90140 Oulu, Finland
3Department of Plant Medical, Andong National University, Andong 36729, Korea
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Language: English
Published: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-05-20


In the present paper, we describe the farming system of Pomacea canaliculata, an edible freshwater snail, as it is practiced by a farmer as mini-livestock in the vicinity of Andong in Korea. We visited the snail farm several times in the summer and winter of the year and conducted interviews with the farm manager using a semi-structured questionnaire. The farm is housed in polythene tunnels and uses a tank pen of trench type made up of propylene and measuring 1 m × 2 m × 0.5 m (length × width × height) in size. A regulated inflow of fresh water and outflow of used water was installed, with water level not exceeding 5 to 7 cm. As feed of snails, commercial fish feed is generally provided. The life cycle of the P. canaliculata might differ in captivity under the controlled environmental conditions than that of an individual in the wild environment. The farming system of snails, particularly P. canaliculata, does not involve high labor-intensive, high capital investment and also does not require high through-put cutting edge technology. In addition to providing nutrient-dense snail meat, establishing a snailery could therefore augment the economic condition of farmers in the poorer regions of the world and encourage sustainability and biodiversity conservation.

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Series: Fishes
ISSN: 2410-3888
ISSN-E: 2410-3888
ISSN-L: 2410-3888
Volume: 7
Issue: 1
Article number: 6
DOI: 10.3390/fishes7010006
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
Funding: This research was funded by BSRP through NRF (National Research Foundation of Korea), Ministry of Education, grant number NRF-2018R1A6A1A03024862.
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