• At the close of the 2012-2013 academic year, I retired from Mississippi State University, having served as Giles Distinguished Professor of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture; Dean emeritus of the Graduate School; and Associate Vice President emeritus for Academic Affairs. I worked at the university for a total of 30 years. Prior to arriving at Mississippi State, I served as a Postgraduate Research Associate at the Bodega Marine Laboratory of the University of California, Davis.

    I am the author or co-author of a total of 167 publications, including 84 journal articles and three books. I have a combined 67 years of service as an associate editor/editorial board member for six journals, one magazine, World Aquaculture, and the World Aquaculture Society Book Series. I currently serve as associate editor of the North American Journal of Aquaculture and as section editor for the Journal of the World Aquaculture Society.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2019 The value of sea urchin, Lytechinus variegatus, egesta consumed by shrimp, Litopenaeus vannameiJournal of the World Aquaculture Society.  50:614-621. 2019
    2019 Assessment of amino acid requirements for Totoaba macdonaldi at different levels of protein using stable isotopes and a non-digestible protein source as a fillerAquaculture.  503:550-561. 2019
    2019 Climate change: Response and role of global aquacultureJournal of the World Aquaculture Society.  50:710-714. 2019
    2018 Use of isotopic enrichment to assess the relationship among dietary protein levels, growth and nitrogen retention in juvenile Totoaba macdonaldiAquaculture.  495:794-802. 2018
    2018 Fulfilling the Potential of Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Enzymes as Feed Additives for AquacultureJournal of the World Aquaculture Society.  49:444-446. 2018
    2018 Aquaculture Research Priorities for the Next Decade: A Global PerspectiveJournal of the World Aquaculture Society.  49:3-6. 2018
    2017 Harvest of crayfish as an ecosystem service of wetlands compared to production systems with planted forageAquaculture Economics and Management.  21:295-313. 2017
    2017 Service as a Peer Reviewer: Professional Responsibility, Recognition, and BenefitsJournal of the World Aquaculture Society.  48:183-185. 2017
    2017 Global Aquaculture 2050Journal of the World Aquaculture Society.  48:3-6. 2017
    2017 Metabolism of seriola lalandi during starvation as revealed by fatty acid analysis and compound-specific analysis of stable isotopes within amino acidsPLoS ONE.  12. 2017
    2016 The Rising Trend of Open Access Publishing: Reaping Benefits and Confronting ThreatsJournal of the World Aquaculture Society.  47:757-758. 2016
    2016 Feeding Larval Gulf Killifish: Total Replacement of Artemia Nauplii and Co-Feeding from HatchNorth American Journal of Aquaculture.  78:396-404. 2016
    2016 The Vital Relationship between Nutrition and Health in ZebrafishZebrafish.  13:S72-S76. 2016
    2016 Showcasing Research Focusing on Sustainability of Aquaculture Enterprises and Global Food SecurityJournal of the World Aquaculture Society.  47:311-313. 2016
    2015 Effects of the dietary ω3:ω6 fatty acid ratio on body fat and inflammation in zebrafish (Danio rerio) 2015
    2015 Preharvest Feeding Strategy to Enhance Long-Chain Polyunsaturated and Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Composition of the Tail Muscle of Freshwater Prawns Macrobrachium rosenbergii Grown in Earthen PondsNorth American Journal of Aquaculture.  77:1-7. 2015
    2015 Production characteristics of all-male and mixed-sex giant river prawns, macrobrachium rosenbergii, grown in earthen ponds in kentucky and Mississippi USAJournal of the World Aquaculture Society.  46:139-148. 2015
    2014 Effect of salt treatments on survival and consumer acceptability of freshwater prawn, Macrobranchium rosenbergiiAquaculture.  428-429:184-188. 2014
    2013 Dietary protein source influence on body size and composition in growing zebrafishZebrafish.  10:439-446. 2013
    2013 Sensory enhancement of freshwater prawns through post-harvest salt acclimationJournal of Aquatic Food Product Technology.  22:129-136. 2013
    2012 Production and associated economics of fingerling-to-stocker and stocker-to-grow-out modular phases for farming Channel Catfish in commercial-size pondsNorth American Journal of Aquaculture.  75:133-146. 2012
    2012 Fundamental approaches to the study of zebrafish nutrition 2012
    2010 Pelleted sources of nutrition and the effect of stocking size-graded juveniles in low-input farming of the freshwater prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii in earthen pondsJournal of the World Aquaculture Society.  41:841-857. 2010
    2010 Dietary strontium increases bone mineral density in intact zebrafish (Danio rerio): A potential model system for bone researchZebrafish.  7:267-273. 2010
    2010 Effect of replacing dietary fish oil with vegetable oils on the fatty acid composition of muscle tissue of juvenile California halibut (Paralichthys Californicus)Ciencias Marinas.  36:121-133. 2010
    2009 Growth and survival of Zebrafish (Danio rerio) fed different commercial and laboratory dietsZebrafish.  6:275-280. 2009
    2008 Comparative intestinal absorption of amino acids in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), totoaba (Totoaba macdonaldi) and Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis)Aquaculture Nutrition.  14:481-489. 2008
    2008 Effect of carp pituitary extract and luteinizing hormone releasing analog hormone on reproductive indices and spawning of 3-year-old channel catfishNorth American Journal of Aquaculture.  70:138-146. 2008
    2008 Production and associated economies of channel catfish fed different practical diets in the fingerling-stocker phase of cultureNorth American Journal of Aquaculture.  70:154-161. 2008
    2007 Comparison of estradiol, testosterone, vitellogenin and cathepsin profiles among young adult channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) females from four selectively bred strainsAquaculture.  264:390-397. 2007
    2007 Energy and nutrient utilization of juvenile green abalone (Haliotis fulgens) during starvationAquaculture.  264:323-329. 2007
    2007 Evaluation of a fingerling-to-stocker phase as part of a new production strategy for the commercial farming of channel catfishNorth American Journal of Aquaculture.  69:22-35. 2007
    2006 Successful culture of larvae of Litopenaeus vannamei fed a microbound formulated diet exclusively from either stage PZ2 or M1 to PL1Aquaculture.  261:1356-1362. 2006
    2006 Apparent control of sexual differentiation of freshwater prawn, macrobrachium rosenbergii, through dietary administration of dopamine hydrochlorideJournal of Applied Aquaculture.  18:19-32. 2006
    2006 Effect of dietary administration of 17α-methyltestosterone on the sex ratio of postlarval freshwater prawn, Macrobrachium rosenbergii, during the nursery stage of cultureJournal of the World Aquaculture Society.  37:328-333. 2006
    2006 Effects of added substrate on production of red swamp crawfish, Procambarus clarkii, in earthen ponds without planted forageJournal of the World Aquaculture Society.  37:307-312. 2006
    2006 Comparison of early season versus late season trap schedules for harvest of red swamp crawfish Procambarus clarkii cultured in earthen ponds without planted forage 2006
    2005 Management practices for production of the red swamp crayfish in earthen ponds without planted forageAmerican Fisheries Society Symposium.  2005:171-178. 2005
    2005 Growth and energy utilization of juvenile pink abalone Haliotis corrugata fed diets containing different levels of protein and two starch:lipid ratios 2005
    2004 Effects of starvation and dietary lipid on the lipid and fatty acid composition of muscle tissue of juvenile green abalone (Haliotis fulgens)Aquaculture.  238:329-341. 2004
    2004 Effect of stocking weight and stocking density on production of hybrid striped bass (Sunshine) in Earthen ponds in the second phase of a 2-phase systemJournal of the World Aquaculture Society.  35:33-45. 2004
    2003 Production of red swamp crawfish (Procambarus clarkii) in earthen ponds without planted forage: Establishment, maintenance and harvest of populations 2003
    2003 Production of red swamp crawfish (Procambarus clarkii) in earthen ponds without planted forage: Evaluation of trap and seine harvest strategies 2003
    2003 Effect of triacylglycerols in formulated diets on growth and fatty acid composition in tissue of green abalone (Haliotis fulgens)Aquaculture.  224:257-270. 2003
    2003 Effect of dietary protein:energy ratio on intake, growth and metabolism of juvenile green abalone Haliotis fulgensAquaculture.  220:769-780. 2003
    2002 A successful microbound diet for the larval culture of freshwater prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergiiAquaculture.  210:385-395. 2002
    2002 Production and economic analysis of two-phase and three-phase culture of sunshine bass in earthen pondsNorth American Journal of Aquaculture.  64:103-112. 2002
    2000 Influence of water volume, surface area, and water replacement rate on weight gain of juvenile freshwater prawns, Macrobrachium rosenbergiiAquaculture.  182:161-171. 2000
    1998 Evaluation of a spray-dried artificial diet for larval culture of freshwater prawn, Macrobrachium rosenbergii, and striped bass, Morone saxatilisAquaculture Nutrition.  4:73-82. 1998
    1998 Fatty acid and amino acid composition of eggs, muscle and midgut glands of freshwater prawns, Macrobrachium rosenbergii (De Man), raised in fertilized ponds, unfertilized ponds or fed prepared dietsAquaculture Research.  29:37-45. 1998
    1998 Nutritional requirements of the freshwater prawn macrobrachium rosenbergii; Comparisons with species of penaeid shrimpReviews in Fisheries Science.  6:153-163. 1998
    1997 Manipulating the Flavor of Freshwater Crustacea Using Postharvest Seawater AcclimationACS Symposium Series.  674:120-130. 1997
    1997 Relative prawn production and benthic macroinvertebrate densities in unfed, organically fertilized, and fed pond systemsAquaculture.  149:227-242. 1997
    1996 A standardized comparison of semi-intensive pond culture of freshwater prawns Macrobrachium rosenbergii at different latitudes: Production increases associated with lower water temperaturesAquaculture.  141:145-158. 1996
    1995 Effects of complete and supplemental diets and organic pond fertilization on production of Macrobrachium rosenbergii and associated benthic macroinvertebrate populationsAquaculture.  138:169-180. 1995
    1995 Effects of Stocking Density and Feed on Pond Production Characteristics and Revenue of Harvested Freshwater Prawns Macrobrachiurn rosenbergii Stocked as Size‐Graded JuvenilesJournal of the World Aquaculture Society.  26:38-47. 1995
    1995 Supplementation of Commercial Feeds with Beef Liver for Indoor Nursery Culture of Freshwater Prawns Macrobrachiurn rosenbergiiJournal of the World Aquaculture Society.  26:103-106. 1995
    1994 Vitamin C requirement of the juvenile freshwater prawn, Macrobrachium rosenbergiiAquaculture.  128:269-275. 1994
    1994 Population characteristics of Macrobrachium rosenbergii fed diets containing different protein sources under coolwater conditions in earthen pondsAquaculture.  126:271-281. 1994
    1994 Pond production characteristics of freshwater prawns Macrobrachium rosenbergii as influenced by the stocking of size-graded populations of juvenilesAquaculture.  122:33-45. 1994
    1994 Nutritional requirements, feed formulation, and feeding practices for intensive culture of the freshwater prawn macrobrachium rosenbergiiReviews in Fisheries Science.  2:1-21. 1994
    1994 Ovarian development of female red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) as influenced by temperature and photoperiodJournal of Crustacean Biology.  14:530-537. 1994
    1993 Partial and total replacement of fish meal with soybean meal and distillers' by-products in diets for pond culture of the freshwater prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii)Aquaculture.  118:119-130. 1993
    1993 Polyunsaturated fatty acid nutrition in juvenile freshwater prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergiiAquaculture.  115:63-86. 1993
    1993 Evaluation of Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles as an Ingredient in Diets for Pond Culture of the Freshwater Prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergiiJournal of the World Aquaculture Society.  24:66-70. 1993
    1991 Response of juvenile freshwater prawn, Macrobrachium rosenbergii, to different levels of a cod liver oil/corn oil mixture in a semi-purified dietAquaculture.  93:121-134. 1991
    1990 An inexpensive marking technique to assess ingestion of formulated feeds by larval fishProgressive Fish-Culturist.  52:120-121. 1990
    1989 A Standard Reference Diet for Crustacean Nutrition Research. I. Evaluation of Two FormulationsJournal of the World Aquaculture Society.  20:93-99. 1989
    1989 A Standard Reference Diet for Crustacean Nutrition Research. II. Selection of a Purification Procedure for Production of the Rock Crab Cancer irroratus Protein IngredientJournal of the World Aquaculture Society.  20:100-106. 1989
    1989 A Standard Reference Diet for Crustacean Nutrition Research.: III. Effects on Weight Gain and Amino Acid Composition of Whole Body and Tail Muscle of Juvenile Prawns Macrobrachium rosenbergiiJournal of the World Aquaculture Society.  20:107-113. 1989
    1989 Production of the Freshwater Prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii Stocked as Juveniles at Different Densities in Temperate Zone PondsJournal of the World Aquaculture Society.  20:81-89. 1989
    1988 A culture system for nutritional studies of crustaceansAquaculture.  72:379-389. 1988
    1987 Polyculture of Freshwater Prawns Macrobrachium rosenbergii and Channel Catfish Fingerlings Ict ulurus punctatus in 1985 in MississippiJournal of the World Aquaculture Society.  18:190-195. 1987
    1986 Polyculture of the freshwater prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) with a mixed-size population of channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)Aquaculture.  59:71-80. 1986
    1986 Development and Evaluation of Diets for Crustacean AquacultureJournal of the World Aquaculture Society.  17:44-51. 1986
    1985 Sterol requirement of cultured juvenile crayfish, Pacifastacus leniusculusAquaculture.  49:245-255. 1985
    1985 A re-evaluation of the lecitihin and cholesterol requirements of juvenile lobster (Homarus americanus) using crab protein-based dietsAquaculture.  47:143-149. 1985
    1985 Diet-dependent cholesterol transport in the American lobsterJournal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.  87:83-96. 1985
    1984 Sterol requirement of juvenile lobsters, Homarus sp.Aquaculture.  42:13-25. 1984
    1982 Relationship between dietary phosphatidylcholine and serum cholesterol in the lobster Homarus sp. 1982
    1981 Essentiality of dietary phosphatidylcholine for the survival of juvenile lobsters 1981
    1981 SUCCESSFUL ARTIFICIAL DIETS FOR THE CULTURE OF JUVENILE LOBSTERSJournal of the World Aquaculture Society.  12:325-332. 1981
    1980 A successful purified diet for the culture of juvenile lobsters: The effect of lecithinAquaculture.  21:243-249. 1980
    1980 Ingestion rate decrease as the stimulus for sexuality in populations of Moina macrocopaLimnology and Oceanography.  25:422-429. 1980
    1980 RELATIONSHIPS AMONG DIETARY LIPIDS, TISSUE LIPIDS, AND GROWTH IN JUVENILE LOBSTERSJournal of the World Aquaculture Society.  11:335-345. 1980


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    2009 Grow-Out Systems-Culture in Temperate Zones.  180-194. 2009
    2009 Nutrition, Feeds and Feeding.  218-238. 2009
    2009 Sustainability of Freshwater Prawn Culture.  524-530. 2009
    2009 Optimization of crustacean quality through husbandry and adherence to post-harvest standards for processing.  339-358. 2009
    2007 Grow-out Systems - Culture in Temperate Zones.  177-186. 2007
    2007 Nutrition, Feeds and Feeding.  203-220. 2007
    2007 Sustainability of Freshwater Prawn Culture.  429-434. 2007

    Research Overview

  • My research has been primarily devoted to the development of sustainable management practices for aquaculture. It has focused on nutritional and reproductive physiology with emphasis on freshwater prawn, crayfish, catfish, hybrid striped bass, crabs, abalone, and sea urchins, and differences in physiology based on different life stages. The sustainability endeavors have been based within the context of ecological systems, efficient resource management and culture systems that are compatible with effective management of the biology of the cultured organism. I have developed a patented formulated diet for the culture of larval crustaceans and fish and am currently involved in the development and testing of a purified diet to be used as a standard for the culture of zebrafish for medical research. I am also interested in the development of a formulated bait to be used in the blue crab fishery in the US.

    Sustainable Management Practices for Aquaculture
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Science or Mathematics in Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology, Yale University 1979
  • Master of Science in Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology, Yale University 1975
  • Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences, Assumption College 1971
  • Full Name

  • Louis D'Abramo