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Subject: Re: Killing fish larvae
From: Milorad Mrakovcic <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 8 Mar 2000 01:48:40 +0100
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----- Original Message -----
From: Tracy Lawrence <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2000 2:47 PM
Subject: Re: Killing fish larvae


> Paul,
> I lifted this information from the American Fisheries Society Web Site
> (http://www.fisheries.org) under policy statements.  You may want to
review
> the "Guidelines for Use of Fishes in Field Research" for relevance to your
> situation.
>
> Tracy Lawrence
>
>
> AFS Concerns for Animal Welfare
> Concerns regarding the welfare and use of animals in medical laboratory
> research have resulted in laws, government policies, procedures, and
> protocols that require humane treatment of animals for all uses. Research
> projects, particularly those conducted in laboratories, are reviewed to
> ensure that projects using animals are necessary and conducted as humanely
> as possible. Examples of animal welfare protection laws, policies, and
> institutions include the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2131 et seq.), Guide
> for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals by the National Institutes of
> Health (1985), and federally mandated "institutional animal care and use
> committees" (IACUC), which are in place at federally funded institutions
to
> ensure that humane care is given to research animals.
> To build on and extend these ethical guidelines to the field, thus
> promoting the conduct of all fisheries work in a humane manner that
> eliminates cruelty and minimizes suffering, the AFS-in cooperation with
the
> American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, and the American
> Institute of Fishery Research Biologists-developed and subsequently
> published "Guidelines for Use of Fishes in Field Research" (Nickum 1988).
> This document responded to the 1985 amendment to the Animal Welfare Act
> that extended principles of humane laboratory animal care to field
research
> activities. The AFS encourages its members to uphold public standards of
> humane treatment, both in the field and the laboratory.
>
> Nickum, J. G. 1988. Guidelines for use of fishes in field research.
> Fisheries 13(2):16-23.
>
>
>
> On Monday, March 06, 2000 11:59 PM, Paul Humphries
> [SMTP:[log in to unmask]] wrote:
> > Dear All,
> >
> > We have been sampling fish larvae for about five years and we have now
> come to
> > the attention of Animal Ethics bureaucrats who are concerned about how
we
> are
> > killing our fish larvae.  We cannot use formalin in our research centre
> for
> > health reasons and, since we need to look at otoliths of some of the
> larvae, we
> > usually throw larvae <10 mm in lenghth straight into 95% ethanol.  My
> experience
> > is that the larvae die within a second or so and surely this must be
> as'humane'
> > as any method.  Juveniles and adults are anaesthetised first before
being
> put
> > into alcohol.  The bureaucrats have queried the use of ethanol and put
me
> under
> > pressure to justify this method.  Can anyone out there point me to
> 'official'
> > guidelines for the 'humane' killing of fish larvae?
> >
> > Yours in hope and frustration, Paul.
> >
> > Dr Paul Humphries
> > Research Fellow, Cooperative Research Centre for Freshwater Ecology,
> Department
> > of Biological Sciences,
> > Monash University, C/- Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre,
> > PO Box 921 Albury, NSW, 2640, AUSTRALIA
> > Tel: Int 61 02 60582317
> > Fax: int 61 02 60431626
> >
> > email: [log in to unmask]
> >
> > http://freshwater.canberra.edu.au/
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