Aquaculture and Behavior by Felicity Huntingford, Malcolm Jobling, Sunil Kadri

By Felicity Huntingford, Malcolm Jobling, Sunil Kadri

Glossy aquaculture is confronted with a few demanding situations, together with public difficulty approximately environmental affects and the welfare of farmed fish. A primary figuring out of fish biology is valuable to discovering how one can meet those demanding situations and is additionally crucial for holding the industry's sustainability.

Furthermore, the behaviour of fish below tradition occasions has lengthy been neglected regardless of heavy advertisement losses which could outcome from fish under pressure and as a result disease-prone, as a result of undesirable husbandry techniques.

This very important e-book summarises the present realizing of the behavioural biology of farmed species and illustrates how this is utilized to enhance aquaculture practice.

Informative and interesting, Aquaculture & Behavior brings the reader up to date with significant concerns touching on aquaculture. every body from fish farmers to top point scholars will locate this ebook a worthwhile and functional source. Libraries in universities and examine institutions the place animal habit, aquaculture, veterinary and organic sciences are studied and taught must have copies of this paintings on their shelves.

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Accordingly, welfare will vary over a continuum from good to very poor and studies of welfare will be most effective if a wide range of measures of welfare is used (Broom & Johnston 1993). The study of animal welfare therefore requires an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together, for example, physiology, veterinary science and behavioural sciences. 2). These include poor physical health, which can usually be recognized relatively easily, as well as other measures that relate to poor health, such as immune suppression, that are less obvious to the casual observer and may only be revealed by advanced analytical techniques.

However, these are fitness costs incurred in the interest of gaining fitness benefits; the fish are highly motivated to migrate, fight and breed and their resulting poor condition should not be regarded as indicative of poor welfare. This relates to the third way of defining welfare, namely that it requires an animal to be able to lead a natural life, expressing the same kinds of behaviour as it would in the wild and meeting what are sometimes called its ‘behavioural needs’. Such a nature-based definition assumes that welfare is compromised if a captive animal is not able to show the full repertoire of behaviour that it would show in the wild.

For example, many farmed Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) mature before they reach harvest size and some spawn in sea cages and produce fertilized eggs. In some cases 20–25% of larval and juvenile cod in the vicinity of a farm may derive from fish that spawn in nearby sea cages (Kah et al. 2010). Irrespective of whether releases are intentional or unintentional, the fish of cultivated origin will generally intermingle with naturally-occurring populations of the same species, exploiting the same feeding areas and possibly interbreeding with wild fish (Araki et al.

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