Basa is a freshwater fish from the shark catfish family (Pangasiidae). It has an elongated body without scales with a dark gray back and sides and a lighter coloured belly. In the wild it is common in the Mekong River (Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia) and the Chao Phraya River (Thailand).
Basa shows no aggression towards conspecifics, is capable of breathing air and has a wide food spectrum which requires comparably small amounts of fish derivates in its diet. Basa is a well-researched fish and has been farmed for many decades and is relatively robust and one of the most important fish species in global aquaculture today.
Optimum stocking densities of the pond have been defined by the ASC* standard for pangasius based on best practices taking farmed fish welfare into consideration.
Due to its enormous growth potential, depending on farming operation, it reaches its harvest weight of 1.0Kg - 1.5kg after only 6-8 months under ideal conditions.
Basa flesh is meaty, white or cream-colored, and is virtually boneless with a delicate flavour and juicy texture.
Basa is rich in protein and in vitamins B3, B12 and D. It is also a great source of minerals selenium and phosphorus.
*Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)
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