Fish may use different behaviors to protect against parasites

New research indicates that fish may adapt their behaviour to defend against parasite infection. The findings are published in the Journal of Zoology.

When investigators studied Atlantic salmon, clear differences in parasite load existed between behaviourally-modified fish and those able to exhibit the normal repertoire of behaviours. Normal salmon displayed greater frequencies of surface behaviours (jumping and rolling) and less swimming activity compared with behaviourally-impaired individuals.

"This is exciting, as it shows that a farmed fish has the ability to avoid parasites. Currently, behaviour isn't something that is considered in aquaculture, so it opens the door to alternative methods of parasite prevention,'" said Dr. Samantha Bui, lead author of the study.

Explore further

Salmon sickness detected in farmed Canadian fish

More information: Journal of Zoology (2017). DOI: 10.1111/jzo.12498
Journal information: Journal of Zoology

Provided by Wiley
Citation: Fish may use different behaviors to protect against parasites (2017, September 20) retrieved 8 May 2021 from
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Feedback to editors

User comments