Breeding for behavior in pursuit of a better cleaner fish

Published on
September 1, 2021

Knowing a bit of fish psychology might be key to the future success and health of aquaculture

Like a human, a fish can exhibit certain behavioral traits – they have a personality, if you will. Some are shy and submissive, while others are bold and even aggressive. Now, a consortium of partners in Scotland is investigating whether the behavior of ballan wrasse (Labrus bergylta) makes this species more adept at removing sea lice from salmon farms, a duty that earns them and several others the moniker “cleaner fish.” The team – comprising the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture, Loch Duart and Otter Ferry Seafish, with support from the Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) – wants to find out how the species interact with one another and determine the optimal conditions for deploying them at sea.

Read the full article at The Global Aquaculture Alliance