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Effects of the first two months of ranching on the health of southern bluefin tuna Thunnus maccoyii


Kirchhoff, NT and Leef, MJ and Ellis, D and Purser, J and Nowak, BF, Effects of the first two months of ranching on the health of southern bluefin tuna Thunnus maccoyii , Aquaculture, 315, (3-4) pp. 207-212. ISSN 0044-8486 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.aquaculture.2011.02.036


A weekly monitoring project was designed to improve our understanding of the dynamics of southern bluefin tuna health, immune response, and performance during the first two months of ranching. In addition, results were compared to the data for wild fish to highlight any effects of captivity. Weight, length, condition index, hemoglobin concentration, and immune response were all found to change significantly over this period. SBT were found to be relatively healthy prior to a mortality event which resulted in a cumulative mortality of 8.5%. The mortality event was associated with decreased hemoglobin concentrations and changes in immune response.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Thunnus macoyii, Southern bluefin tuna, hemoglobin, lysozyme activity, alternative complement activity, Cardiocola forsteri
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 - wild caught
Objective Field:Wild caught tuna
UTAS Author:Kirchhoff, NT (Ms Nicole Kirchhoff)
UTAS Author:Leef, MJ (Dr Melanie Leef)
UTAS Author:Ellis, D (Ms Deanna Ellis)
UTAS Author:Purser, J (Associate Professor John Purser)
UTAS Author:Nowak, BF (Professor Barbara Nowak)
ID Code:71996
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:15
Deposited By:NC Marine Conservation and Resource Sustainability
Deposited On:2011-08-18
Last Modified:2017-11-03

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