As the title indicates, this volume was inspired by the classic text on "Bioenergetics and Growth" of domestic animals written by Samuel Brody in 1945. Fisheries science has lacked a comparable, comprehensive text dealing with physiological and biochemical processes concerning the acquisition and utilization of food for energy and growth. Despite the fact that an immense volume of literature on size frequency, growth rate, and stomach contents of fishes has formed an integral part of population dynamics, studies on functional relations have been slow to provide an understanding of the energetics of growth. Undoubtedly this can be attributed in part to the fact that hunting rather than farming of fish has provided man with the major portion of his food from the sea. Fish farming, particularly as freshwater pond culture of carp, has been practiced for over 2000 years-but as an art rather than a science. In this century the expanding development of fish hatcheries and the recent advances in commercial aquaculture have brought a great increase in the need for synthesized knowledge of the physiology and nutrition of fishes.
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