A novel miniaturized biosensor for monitoring atlantic salmon swimming activity and respiratory frequency
Peer reviewed, Journal article
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Original versionAnimals. 2021, 11 (8), . 10.3390/ani11082403
Good fish welfare is one of the prerequisites for sustainable aquaculture. Knowing how fish respond to the production conditions would allow us to better understand their biology and to further optimize production. The new miniaturized biosensor AEFishBIT was successfully used to monitor individual physical activity and respiratory frequency of two Mediterranean farmed fish species (gilthead sea bream and European sea bass). In this study, we aimed to test the use of AEFishBIT to monitor the performance of Atlantic salmon under experimental conditions. An adapted tagging procedure for salmon was developed and used to record salmon responses to handling and changing light conditions. AEFishBIT data showed a stabilization of swimming activity 8 h after handling and tagging with changes in activity or activity and respiratory quotient after changes in light intensity regimes. The results of this study supported the use of AEFishBIT to generate new behavior insights in Atlantic salmon culture.