Reflex impairment as a measure of vitality and survival potential of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua)

Humborstad, Odd-Borre and Davis, Michael W. and Løkkeborg, Svein (2009) Reflex impairment as a measure of vitality and survival potential of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). Fishery Bulletin, 107(3), pp. 395-402.

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Abstract

A ssur ing the v itality and survival potential of live-caught Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) is important for improving the sorting of fish before net penning operations designed to hold fish for growth and later market. When Atlantic cod are captured by Danish seine, the most commonly used fishing gear for live-caught fish, they undergo stressors such as forced swimming, net abrasion, and air exposure. Laboratory experiments (at an air temperature of 9°C and water temperature of 8°C) were conducted with the aim of constructing a RAMP (reflex action mortality predictor) curve for prediction of vitality and survival potential in Atlantic cod captured in Danish seines, by varying the levels of these stressors. Atlantic cod exposed to increased duration in air (5–20 min) showed increased reflex impairment and mortality, with 75% mortality at 10 minutes of air exposure. Forced swimming in combination with net abrasion and air exposure did not increase reflex impairment or mortality above that associated with air exposure alone. The Atlantic cod RAMP curves indicated that fish with reflex impairment less than 50% would not show mortality and would likely recover from capture stress.

Item Type: Article
Title: Reflex impairment as a measure of vitality and survival potential of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua)
Personal Creator/Author:
CreatorsEmail
Humborstad, Odd-Borre
Davis, Michael W.
Løkkeborg, Svein
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Fishery Bulletin
Volume: 107
Number: 3
Page Range: pp. 395-402
Date: 2009
ISSN: 0090-0656
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Ecology
Fisheries
Item ID: 8795
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2012 18:30
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2012 18:30
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/8795

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