The response of coral trout (Plectropomus leopardus) to capture, handling and transport and shallow water stress

Frisch, A.J., and Anderson, T.A. (2000) The response of coral trout (Plectropomus leopardus) to capture, handling and transport and shallow water stress. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry, 23 (1). pp. 23-34.

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Abstract

The stress response of coral trout (Plectropomus leopardus ) to wild capture or controlled shallow water stressors was investigated. Stress associated with capture from the wild, handling and transport and shallow water evoked significant changes in circulating levels of cortisol, glucose, lactate, haemoglobin (Hb) and haematocrit (Hct) in coral trout. Plasma glucose, Hb and Hct increased over 30 to 60 min in response to the controlled stressor and then returned toward unstressed levels, even if the stressor persisted. Cortisol increased to maximum levels over the 60 min following the onset of the stressor and remained elevated for 4 h in the case of a single 30 min shallow water event or 3 d in response to the capture, handling and transport. The difference between the responses of blood glucose and cortisol suggests that cortisol does not maintain blood glucose during stress in coral trout. The concentrations of circulating thrombocytes, lymphocytes and granulocytes were also significantly affected by shallow water stress. As lymphocytes and granulocytes are important immune components, reduced concentrations of these cells may explain the increases in disease susceptibility, commonly observed in stressed fish during live transport.

Item ID: 12863
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1573-5168
Keywords: capture and transport, coral trout, immune function, shallow water, stress
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2011 06:50
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070405 Fish Physiology and Genetics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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