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FISH HEALTH NOTES by Rod Getchell

Mussels may alter salmon farm disease dynamics

PLYMOUTH, MA – During the 2010 Northeast Aquaculture Conference & Exposition (NACE) held Dec. 1-3 here in Plymouth, researchers from the University of Maine (UMaine) showed evidence that blue mussels filter fish pathogens like Vibrio anguillarum and sea lice from the water.

The work involved integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA), which is a relatively new fish farming approach designed to reduce organic and inorganic waste at finfish net-cage sites by incorporating mussel culture and seaweeds like kelp to serve as biofilters for the fish waste. The additional crops provide an added economic benefit as well.

From the Field • 20  A chilly visit to Ackenberry Trout Farms F A chilly visit to Ackenberry Trout Farms:

 

Read the rest and much, much more in Issue 1, 2011 of Fish Farming News.  Download now for immediate access and keep the .pdf for future reference.

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