Backpack electrofishing does not contribute to external signs of gas bubble trauma in sculpins

Aquaculture, Fish and Fisheries
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We exposed prickly sculpin Cottus asper and reticulate sculpin Cottus perplexus to electroshock and sham treatments in a controlled laboratory setting to determine if backpack electrofishing contributed to or exacerbated external signs of gas bubble trauma (GBT) in fish exposed to elevated total dissolved gas (TDG) levels. Fish were exposed to 115, 120 and 125% TDG (measured as percent of saturation) for various amounts of time (24–144 h) then subjected to a 5-s electroshock or sham treatment of no electroshock. Fish were examined to determine the incidence of GBT pre- and post-treatment, and all aspects (i.e., dorsal, ventral, left and right sides) of each fish were photographed. Across all TDG levels in all trials, no sculpin showed any change in GBT incidence following treatment. Analysis of GBT signs evident in photographs of 68 fish found no evidence of change in mean pre- and post-treatment gas bubble sizes in fish in any TDG trial, nor were any new gas bubbles found following treatment. We are aware of no physiological mechanism by which backpack electrofishing can cause GBT in sculpin, and as such, we believe using this gear should not increase GBT incidence rates in sculpin.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Backpack electrofishing does not contribute to external signs of gas bubble trauma in sculpins
Series title Aquaculture, Fish and Fisheries
DOI 10.1002/aff2.81
Edition Online First
Year Published 2022
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Contributing office(s) Western Fisheries Research Center
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