The project sets out to define the optimum conditions, in particular dietary manipulation, for growth in intensive aquaculture of the eel Anguilla anguilla and the sturgeon Acipenser sp. Both fish have a high market value which may be further increased by elevation of polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) levels in their tissues, resulting from increased dietary levels. Also increasing their nutritional and commercial value as healthy food for human consumption, elevated tissue levels of PUFA and vitamin E may increase the resistance of fish to the stressful conditions encountered in intensive aquaculture.
This project examines the physiological and behavioural responses of fish under the conditions prevailing in intensive aquaculture and during handling and transport to identify sources of stress, stress reactions and their possible modulation by dietary manipulation.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts