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Metazoan parasite life cycles: significance for fish mariculture


Huston, DC and Ogawa, K and Shirakashi, S and Nowak, BF, Metazoan parasite life cycles: significance for fish mariculture, Trends in Parasitology, 36, (12) pp. 1002-1012. ISSN 1471-4922 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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Marine fish are a nutritious and high-value food commodity, but many wild-capture fisheries are in decline. Thus, marine fish culture is expected to expand greatly in coming years. Management of disease is a major problem in this industry, and metazoan parasites are among the most significant disease agents in terms of economic loss and animal welfare. Current methods for controlling metazoan parasites are mostly reactionary and rely on chemical treatment. Such methods are ultimately unsustainable. Here, we summarise the life cycles of marine metazoan parasites and how this knowledge can be used for nonchemical management and control. To aid the sustainable growth of marine fish culture, we advocate for a renewed research focus on the basic life history characteristics of parasites.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:parasitic diseases, fish health management, mariculture
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fish pests and diseases
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - aquaculture
Objective Field:Aquaculture fin fish (excl. tuna)
UTAS Author:Huston, DC (Mr Daniel Huston)
UTAS Author:Nowak, BF (Professor Barbara Nowak)
ID Code:140947
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2020-09-16
Last Modified:2021-11-04

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