Long-term monitoring of individual fish triggering activity on a self-feeding system: An example using European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax)

Type Article
Date 2006-03
Language English
Author(s) Coves Denis1, Beauchaud M2, Attia J2, Dutto Gilbert1, Bouchut C2, Begout Marie-LaureORCID1
Affiliation(s) 1 : IFREMER, Stn Expt Aquaculture, Lab Rech Piscicole Mediterranee, F-34250 Palavas Les Flots, France.
2 : Univ St Etienne, Fac Sci & Tech, Lab Biol Anim & Appl, F-42023 St Etienne 02, France.
Source Aquaculture (0044-8486) (Elsevier), 2006-03 , Vol. 253 , N. 1-4 , P. 385-392
DOI 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2005.08.015
WOS© Times Cited 36
Keyword(s) PIT tag detection antenna, Individual triggering activity, Self feeding, Sea bass
Abstract In two experiments, a computerized on-demand feeding system coupled with a PIT tag monitoring device was used to continuously record the triggering activity by ca. 50 individual sea bass for 55 days (Exp. 1, initial average body weight and coefficient of variation, CV: 299 g, 15%) and 69 days (Exp. 2, 157 g, 13%). Each group was stocked in 1 m(3) tanks and exposed to a water temperature of 21 +/- 1 degrees C and a light regime of 16:8 LD. Only 5% of the triggering activity was not associated with simultaneous PIT tag detection. Although each individual was detected via PIT tag during the experiment, only 67% and 74% of the fish actuated the trigger at least once in Exp. 1 and Exp. 2, respectively. Moreover, only two fish in Exp. 1 and one fish in Exp. 2 accounted for 82% (43 + 39) and 77% of the total triggering activity, respectively. These three, high-triggering individuals did not exhibit a higher specific growth rate or agonistic behavior as observed by video monitoring. Indeed, zero-triggering fish had either a slightly higher SGR (Exp. 1) or a higher final body weight (Exp. 2) compared with low- and high-triggering fish.
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