Branson, E. J. (Ed.) 2008. Fish Welfare. Blackwell Publishing Ltd: Oxford, UK, 300 p.
Fish have the same stress response and powers of nociception as mammals. Their behavioural responses to a variety of situations suggest a considerable ability for higher level neural processing – a level of consciousness equivalent perhaps to that attributed to mammals. Each chapter of this book has been written by specialists in their field. The subject matter is wide ranging and covers in detail concepts of animal welfare in addition to more specific aspects of fish welfare. Philosophical concepts of welfare are discussed along with more practical areas of fish welfare encompassing all husbandry and management activities that have a potential to affect the welfare of the fish in our care. This book is an essential purchase for fish veterinarians, fish farmers, fish biologists and those involved in the aquaculture industry and its regulation. Chapter titles include: Welfare and Fish; The Stress Response in Fish‐Mechanisms, Effects and Measurement; Pain and Fear in Fish; Can Fish Suffer?; Stocking Density and the Welfare of Farmed Salmonids; The Influences of Water Quality on the Welfare of Farmed Rainbow Trout; Welfare of Fish During Transport; Disease and Medicines ‐ the Welfare Implications; Welfare and Deformities in Fish; The Welfare of Ornamental Fish.