Globally, aquaculture contributes to sustainable food and nutritional stability. However, stress conditions constitute a major threat affecting farmed-fish welfare and fish farms' performances. In this regard, the present study was aimed at measuring and comparing in-situ (offshore) the physiological stress responses caused by recurrent sampling operations for length-weight measurement. Studied fish were European sea bass Dicentrarchus labrax sub-adults and adults reared in intensive farming conditions in M'diq Bay, on the Moroccan Mediterranean coast. The physiological stress response was evaluated by measuring blood biomarkers, including cortisol, glucose, lactate, total cholesterol and total proteins levels, and hematocrit percentage. The hypercortisolemia, hyperglycemia, hyperlactatemia and hypoproteinemia detected in the post-sampling state in both age groups of D. labrax indicated stress tendencies and a high sensitivity to aquaculture practice-related stress factors, with major and minor responses detected in the same age and same stress conditions. It is also interesting to note that the fish age...
Primary and secondary physiological stress responses of European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) due to rearing practices under aquaculture farming conditions in M'diq Bay, Moroccan Mediterranean: the case of sampling operation for size and weight measurement.
Research Team in Biological Engineering, Agri-Food and Aquaculture, Department of Biology, Polydisciplinary Faculty of Larache, Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Tetouan 93030, Morocco. E-mail soumaya.cheyadmi@etu.United Arab Emirates.ac.ma
Cheyadmi, S., Chadli, H., Nhhala, H., El Yamlahi, B., El Maadoudi, M., Kounnoun, A., Cacciola, F., Ez-Zaaim, A., Chairi, H.; Primary and secondary physiological stress responses of European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) due to rearing practices under aquaculture farming conditions in M'diq Bay, Moroccan Mediterranean: the case of sampling operation for size and weight measurement.. IFIS Food and Health Sciences Database 2023; doi:
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