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New publications about aquaculture and optimal fish health and welfare

Published on
January 8, 2013

Recently, two new books have been published by Springer in the area of fish health and welfare with IMARES aquaculture researchers as editors.

Hans van de Vis has edited “Welfare of farmed fish in present and future production systems”. Arjan Palstra was editor of the book “Swimming physiology of fish. Towards using exercise for farming a fit fish in sustainable aquaculture”. With these two leading publications, IMARES aquaculture sets the tone for the future. A fit fish for consumers!

Fish welfare

 “Welfare of farmed fish in present and future production systems” presents the view of more than 80 experts in the field of fish welfare. The book can help to guide the way towards welfare of farmed fish in present and future production systems. It reviews variables with direct effects on growth, and thereby the economy of the farmer, such as disease, water and feed quality but also includes fish preferences and biology-based stimulation measures. This book is accessible for stakeholders that are not part of the research community as each of the scientific papers is preceded by a summary for non-experts.

Swimming activity

Swimming physiology of fish. Towards using exercise for farming a fit fish in sustainable aquaculture” presents the most extreme examples of swimming migrations in salmons, eels and tunas, integrating knowledge on their performance in the laboratory with that in their natural environment. It explores the application of swimming in aquaculture by assessing the potential impacts and beneficial effects. It reviews the modified nutritional requirements of “athletic” fish and the effects of exercise on muscle composition and meat quality using state-of-the-art techniques in genomics and proteomics. The book also introduces zebrafish as a novel exercise model and presents the latest technologies for studying fish swimming and aquaculture applications. Thereby it sets directions for policy decisions and future research.