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

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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.

Keywords: Nematalosa erebi; anaesthetic; benzocaine; ethics; euthanasia; ice-slurry

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management, 120 Meiers Rd, Indooroopilly, QLD 4068, Australia 2: Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University, Nathan, QLD 4111, Australia

Publication date: June 1, 2010

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