Movement and Orientation

Felicity Huntingford, William Hunter, Victoria Braithwaite

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The ways in which fish use space in nature are described, distinguishing between movements within a home range, dispersal and directed migration, as are the mechanisms that determine how fish use space. The external stimuli to which fish respond, how they use these cues to find their way around and the role of hormones in migration are also covered. An account is then given of how movement and orientation change with age, the evidence for inherited differences in these aspects of behaviour and environmental effects on development of space use patterns. The benefits that accrue to fish from moving in particular ways are described, as are adverse consequences of such movements, in the form of energetic costs and exposure to predators and pathogens. The ways in which benefits and costs are balanced against each other are discussed, with special reference to diurnal vertical migration. Although cultured fish usually inhabit confined spaces, their natural patterns of orientation and movement can cause a number of problems in aquaculture and some of these are described. Such problems are amenable to biological solutions and these are considered in the final section of this chapter, which also looks at the potential for using what is known about how fish move about to improve the effectiveness of general husbandry practices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAquaculture and Behavior
EditorsFelicity Huntingford, Malcolm Jobling, Sunil Kadri
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)9781444354614
ISBN (Print)9781444354584
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2012


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    Huntingford, F., Coyle, S. & Hunter, W., 15 Jan 2012, Aquaculture and Behavior. Huningford, F., Jobling, M. & Kadri, S. (eds.). 1 ed. Wiley-Blackwell, p. 220 - 247 27 p.

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