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.
The welfare of lumpfish used in biological control of sea lice significantly worsens after they are moved to cages at sea, while for wrasse, challenges in nurseries are causing problems before sea transfer.
Sea lice, gill health and environmental challenges are the major considerations for Scottish salmon producers looking to improve the welfare of their fish, according to an Institute of Aquaculture survey.
Life on exposed offshore aquaculture sites may increase the susceptibility of farmed Atlantic salmon to parasites and pathogens.
An interview with Francisco Vallejos, MV, deputy health manager for Camanchaca SA.
Gene editing could aid fish resistance to disease, as well as provide other advantages to producers, but there are still barriers to overcome before it becomes widely used in global aquaculture, according to an industry expert.
Fish farmers’ efforts to protect the environment often come at a cost to fish welfare, say scientists at the University of Melbourne, in a new opinion paper.
Screening plasma and kidney samples could prove a useful method to provide early diagnosis of cardiomyopathy syndrome (CMS), a common viral disease which causes mortality and welfare issues in Atlantic salmon farming.