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Optimization of fish management of commercial waters used for sport fishing

StressChron Framework:

Project code 124
Role Coordinator
Research area Unravelling the impact of chronic stress across vertebrates
Research topic Management as stressor in fish farms, in ornamental fish aquaculture, in home and public aquaria, in zebrafish facilities,in amphibian and reptile terraria, in avian farms, in pig farms and in cattle farms
Vertebrate Fish
Species Pike (Esox Lucius), pike perch (Sander lucioperca), bass (Perca fluviatilis), carp (Cyprinus carpio), bream (Abramis brama),roach (Rutilus rutilus)


The research goal is to assess the impact of fish management on various species commonly present in commercial waters used for sport fishing. Scale cortisol quantified by ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) as biomarker for chronic stress will be correlated to various aspects of fish management. These findings are of interest for the sport fishing industry as quantification and subsequent mitigation of chronic stress is pivotal in creating a more sustainable industry.


Keywords: sport, fish, stress, cortisol, scale

Funding: Internal

Status: On-going


Aquatic Engineers (Coene P)

Ghent University, Belgium (Aerts J)

Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Belgium (Aerts J)


None at present

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