About the book
In most countries of Europe and Asia, the common carp (Cyprinus carpio) is one of the most important carp species of aquaculture populated with extensive polyculture. The Cyprinidae are the family of freshwater fishes, which includes the carps and their relatives. Carp culture is the oldest form of aquaculture known to the world. Currently, two-thirds of the fish produced is carp. The amount of international carp trade is significantly lower than that of more common fish products due to having an unpleasant aftertaste and bony meat. Worldwide, the increasing global demand for fish meals will increase the search for alternative species and culture methods, especially new techniques for an environmentally sustainable fish foods. This demand represents an opportunity to increase carp production as demand for fish products is growing globally due to the popularity of traditional fish foods. In addition, herbivorous and omnivorous feeding habits of carp draw attention nowadays in the ecological sustainability of fish production. Particularly, for farming common carp in the polyculture and integrated aquaculture system provide fish with an ecosystem and the resources to feed naturally. This method of farming has minimal environmental impact and allows for good management of biodiversity. This potential may overcome the issue of achieving sustainable and environmentally friendly aquaculture. The book contains a collection of ideas for all scientists interested in carp culture and biology. The content will hopefully provide the basic principles, new challenges and developments in Cyprinid culture.