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Catch of the Day – Tilapia

posted by Veronique Koch on 18 February 2013

Today’s featured seafood is tilapia.

Tilapia is actually a name to describe hundreds of species (and hybrids) of cichlids that fall under the tribe tilapiine cichlidae under the family of Cichlidae. They range from Africa to the Middle East and live in mainly freshwater ponds, lakes and rivers but are also found in brackish water.

They are most commonly known as a food fish since they are the third most important farm-raised fish after salmon and carp. They are considered great for aquaculture because they are omnivorous (giving them a low feed conversion ratio), easy to breed (because they don’t have a planktonic stage), can be stocked quite densely and grow very quickly. There is some controversy over whether they are as healthy to eat as other fish because they don’t yield as high a ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acid but physicians attest that they are still part of a healthy diet and a good source of protein.

Tilapia are also considered a poster child of “green” aquaculture when they are farmed inland (with low risk of escapes and contained waste and disease), especially in warmer climates where the tanks do not need energy to be kept warm. However, when escapes do occur they can quickly establish themselves as invasive species, as they have already done in Florida and Texas.

Fun fact: Tilapia feature quite prominently in the Bible. They are sometimes known as “St Peter’s fish” since the fish that Peter caught carrying a shekel coin in its mouth described in Matthew 17:24-­27 was a tilapia. Tilapia are also thought to feature in the Bible story where Jesus fed 5000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish.

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6 thoughts on “Catch of the Day – Tilapia

  1. I love this versatile fish. We are currently growing tilapia in our home aquaponics system. We also created a site dedicated just to tilapia recipes.

    1. Veronique Koch says

      Thanks for sharing! We are always looking for more tilapia recipes.

  2. I truly love your website.. Great colors & theme. Did you create this
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    1. Veronique Koch says

      Thanks for your feedback! We love it too. Our wonderful web team created it. Good luck with your website!

  3. Minnie Hunter says

    Thanks for the info I’m currently doing a project in school on these fish, and would like to grow them myself.

    1. Veronique Koch says

      You’re most welcome. Please let us know it you need more information. Also please let your teacher know that they can show our movie Fish Meat about sustainable aquaculture in your school if they host a screening.

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