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Capture and handling stress affects the endocrine and ovulatory response to exogenous hormone treatment in snapper, Pagrus auratus (Bloch & Schneider)

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Cleary, JJ and Battaglene, SC and Pankhurst, NW, Capture and handling stress affects the endocrine and ovulatory response to exogenous hormone treatment in snapper, Pagrus auratus (Bloch & Schneider), Aquaculture Research, 33, (11) pp. 829-838. ISSN 1355-557X (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1046/j.1365-2109.2002.00718.x

Abstract

Sexually mature female hatchery-reared snapper, Pagrus auratus (Bloch & Schneider) were captured from sea cages by handline and injected at first capture (control) or 24 h after capture, transport and subsequent confinement (delayed injection) with either saline, luteinizing hormone releasing hormone analogue, human chorionic gonadotropin, or 17α-hydroxyprogesterone. Blood was sampled before hormone treatment and again after 168 h, and fish were checked daily for ovulation. Plasma levels of 17β-estradiol (E2), testosterone (T), 17α, 20β dihydroxy-4-pregnen-3-one (17,20βP) and cortisol were determined by radioimmunoassay. The ovulatory response was assessed from the proportion of fish ovulating, ovulation volume, egg quality and fertility. A delay in injection resulted in significantly lower plasma E2 and T levels in response to hormone treatment, smaller ovulation volumes, and poorer egg quality than in control fish. The results are consistent with the generally inhibitory effects of stress on reproduction in fish, and confirm the requirement to treat fish with hormones designed to induce ovulation, as soon as possible after capture and disturbance.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries Sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - Aquaculture
Objective Field:Fisheries - Aquaculture not elsewhere classified
Author:Cleary, JJ (Miss Jennifer Jane Cleary)
Author:Battaglene, SC (Associate Professor Stephen Battaglene)
Author:Pankhurst, NW (Professor Ned Pankhurst)
ID Code:24993
Year Published:2002
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:TAFI - Marine Research Laboratory
Deposited On:2002-08-01
Last Modified:2011-09-20
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