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Good samples critical for accurate diagnosis

FISH HEALTH NOTES by Rod Getchell

ITHACA, NY – Mortalities are bound to occur at fish farms, and, when troubling situations arise, it’s tempting to collect the first mortalities you find to send out for testing. But remember this: A fish doctor needs fresh fish to provide an accurate diagnosis.

Over the years, our fish health diagnostic lab at Cornell University has seen specimens delivered for analysis that varied from live rainbow trout in a five-gallon bucket that were moribund (dying) to dead 10-pound carp with flesh rotting off their bones. The trout were a great sample. The carp were worthless.

 

Read the rest and much, much more in Issue 3, 2011 of Fish Farming News.  Download now for immediate access and keep the .pdf for future reference.

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