New chapter in cleaner fish farming

A LONG awaited book on cleaner fish biology gathers together leading specialists in the field and provides protocols in cleaner fish rearing, deployment, health and welfare.

Cleaner Fish Biology and Aquaculture Applications, edited by Jim Treasurer, reviews and presents new knowledge on the biology of the utilised cleaner fish species, wrasse and lumpfish. It will be published in March next year.

Cleaner fish are increasingly being deployed in aquaculture as a means of biological control of parasitic sea lice and, consequently, the farming of wrasse and lumpfish is now one of the fastest expanding aquaculture sectors, with over 40 hatcheries in Norway alone.

Treasurer’s book presents the latest knowledge on specialist technical areas, such as cleaner fish nutrition, genetics, health, immunology and vaccinology, welfare, transport and fisheries.

Specific chapters detail cleaner fish developments in the main salmon producing countries, and contributions from more than 60 leading researchers and producers provide information and debate.

The book comprehensively addresses the questions of sustainability of cleaner fish use in aquaculture, bottlenecks to the optimum production of cleaner fish, and improvements and best practice in on-farm deployment methods, for optimum survival and enhanced welfare of cleaner fish.

The volume also provides a comprehensive review of the latest globally available information on the use of cleaner fish under one cover; highlights and addresses the main issues in the farming of cleaner fish, and provides guidance on how to improve growth and survival; and identifies issues in the farm application of cleaner fish and provides details on how to address these issues.

Written by a team of internationally recognised experts in cleaner fish biology, culture and deployment, Cleaner Fish Biology and Aquaculture Applications is aimed at hatchery managers, salmonid producers, fish farm operatives, researchers, regulators, students and enthusiasts working with, and interested in, cleaner fish.

Cleaner Fish Biology and Aquaculture Applications is published by 5mBooks (, 464 pages, £150.

Picture: Jim Treasurer, editor of Cleaner Fish Biology and Aquaculture Applications

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