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Humane killing of fishes for scientific research: a comparison of two methods

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  • J. J. Blessing,

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    1. Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management, 120 Meiers Rd, Indooroopilly, QLD 4068, Australia
      Tel.: +61 7 3896 9879; fax: +61 7 3896 9172; email: Joanna.Blessing@derm.qld.gov.au
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  • J. C. Marshall,

    1. Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management, 120 Meiers Rd, Indooroopilly, QLD 4068, Australia
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  • S. R. Balcombe

    1. Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University, Nathan, QLD 4111, Australia
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Tel.: +61 7 3896 9879; fax: +61 7 3896 9172; email: Joanna.Blessing@derm.qld.gov.au

Abstract

Two killing methods were compared on the clupeid, bony bream Nematolosa erebi and it was found that ice-slurry immersion was more humane than benzocaine overdose. The use of ice-slurry for killing N. erebi should be accepted as a standard humane method and considered similarly for other warm-water species.

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