Benzocaine as a fish anesthetic: efficacy and safety for spawning-phase salmon

Progressive Fish-Culturist
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The anesthetic benzocaine was tested for efficacy and safety for spawning-phase chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) and Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) at federal fish hatcheries. Tests were conducted in the existing hatchery water supplies (soft water; temperatures, 10–13 °C. Crystalline benzocaine was dissolved in ethanol (1 g/30 mL), and aliquots of that stock solution were added to the water in test tanks. Benzocaine concentrations of 25–30 mg/L anesthetized most fish in less than 3.5 min, and most fish recovered in less than 10 min after 15 min of exposure. Safety margins were narrow; both species tolerated 30 mg/L for about 20 min, but 25 min of exposure caused deaths. For 15 min exposures, concentrations of 35 mg/L for chinook salmon and 40 mg/L for Atlantic salmon were lethal.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Benzocaine as a fish anesthetic: efficacy and safety for spawning-phase salmon
Series title Progressive Fish-Culturist
DOI 10.1577/1548-8640(1990)052<0189:BAAFAE>2.3.CO;2
Volume 52
Issue 3
Year Published 1990
Language English
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Publisher location Philadelphia, PA
Contributing office(s) Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
Description 3 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Progressive Fish-Culturist
First page 189
Last page 191
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