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Dramatic changes and emerging challenges in more than 30 years of fish health and welfare

An interview with Professor Jimmy Turnbull, PhD, University of Stirling

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How acoustic technologies are aiding fish health and welfare

Monitoring fish using sound is on the rise in aquaculture, meeting a need to accurately assess the health and welfare of farmed-fish populations in changing environments.

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Norwegian salmon industry’s annual ‘health check’ underlines areas for improvement

The Norwegian Veterinary Institute’s latest Fish Health Report1 has highlighted record numbers of sea lice treatments and bacterial diseases causing complications for fish producers in Norway — but in order for its authors to keep up with changes in the industry, new, more specific data needs to be collected and made available in coming years.

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Understanding plankton threats to salmon requires a mix of old and new technologies

Using both “traditional” microscopy and environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis can help paint a complete picture of plankton threats to salmon aquaculture, according to University of Glasgow research.

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Managing health risks in Mediterranean aquaculture’s least-controllable environment

The consolidation of Mediterranean aquaculture is standardizing production practices in the region and leading to better biosecurity management, but growing out fish in the unforgiving environment at sea poses the sort of challenge that demands realistic, practical solutions.

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Simulation offers insight into emerging-disease spread on salmonid farms

A new computer simulation approach may help better understand how emerging diseases could spread across salmonid farms in England and Wales and the best measures to limit their impact.

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Scientists delve into rising incidence of mycobacteriosis on Norwegian salmon farms

Cases of mycobacteriosis, a serious disease affecting Atlantic salmon predominantly related to Mycobacterium salmoniphilum infections, appear to be on the increase in Norway.

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Cage modifications can help manage sea lice problems — but care needed

Sea lice are one of the primary problems affecting Atlantic salmon farming, with severe infestations impacting fish health and performance, and the stress of treatments being linked with the development of other diseases. Changes to the sea cages that salmon are often farmed in offers one solution, according to an expert.

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Novel sampling reveals microbial changes during gill disease on Irish salmon farm

A non-lethal sampling method combined with cutting-edge molecular analysis has shed new light on microbial interactions in Atlantic salmon gills during a gill disease outbreak.

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Vaccine study offers new insight on Norway’s winter ulcer problem

In recent years, the Norwegian aquaculture industry has struggled against the rise of “variant” forms of Moritella viscosa, a bacterium which causes the disease winter ulcer in Atlantic salmon. This has led to concerns about the efficacy of existing vaccines against the pathogen.