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Swimming Physiology of Fish

Towards Using Exercise to Farm a Fit Fish in Sustainable Aquaculture

  • Arjan P. Palstra
  • Josep V. Planas
  • Written by experts

  • Richly illustrated in color

  • Sets directions for policy decisions and future research

  • A fit fish for a healthy consumer!


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Extreme swimming in the natural environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kazufumi Hayashida, Kosuke Fukaya, Arjan P. Palstra, Hiroshi Ueda
      Pages 3-17
    3. David Righton, Kim Aarestrup, Don Jellyman, Phillipe Sébert, Guido van den Thillart, Katsumi Tsukamoto
      Pages 19-44
    4. Robert E. Shadwick, Laurenne L. Schiller, Douglas S. Fudge
      Pages 45-78
  3. Potential impacts on swimming fish in aquaculture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Christian Tudorache, Gudrun de Boeck, Guy Claireaux
      Pages 81-108
    3. James C. Liao, Aline Cotel
      Pages 109-127
    4. P. Domenici, N. A. Herbert, C. Lefrançois, J. F. Steffensen, D. J. McKenzie
      Pages 129-159
    5. Felicity Huntingford, Sunil Kadri
      Pages 161-174
  4. Nutrition, energy metabolism and muscle growth in swimming fish

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. W. Davison, N. A. Herbert
      Pages 177-202
    3. Josep V. Planas, Miguel Martín-Pérez, Leonardo J. Magnoni, Josefina Blasco, Antoni Ibarz, Jaume Fernandez-Borras et al.
      Pages 237-256
    4. Richard Skøtt Rasmussen, Octavio López-Albors, Frode Alfnes
      Pages 275-300
    5. Sander Kranenbarg, Bernd Pelster
      Pages 301-322
  5. Novel technologies for studying fish swimming and aquaculture applications

About this book


In light of mounting fishing pressures, increased aquaculture production and a growing concern for fish well-being, improved knowledge on the swimming physiology of fish and its application to fisheries science and aquaculture is needed. This book presents recent investigations into some of the most extreme examples of swimming migrations in salmons, eels and tunas, integrating knowledge on their performance in the laboratory with that in their natural environment. For the first time, the application of swimming in aquaculture is explored by assessing the potential impacts and beneficial effects. The modified nutritional requirements of “athletic” fish are reviewed as well as the effects of exercise on muscle composition and meat quality using state-of-the-art techniques in genomics and proteomics. The last chapters introduce zebrafish as a novel exercise model and present the latest technologies for studying fish swimming and aquaculture applications.


exercise physiology fish biology fisheries sustainable aquaculture zebrafish

Editors and affiliations

  • Arjan P. Palstra
    • 1
  • Josep V. Planas
    • 2
  1. 1.Center, The Institute for Marine ResourcesWageningen University and ResearchYersekeNetherlands
  2. 2., Faculty of BiologyUniversity of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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