Cleaner fish are used in the industry as an alternative to chemical treatment of sea lice using chemicals. As this is a new species, we need to better understand their needs to assure good welfare. For example do they respond very different to anesthetics than for example salmon, which they are commonly cohoused with.
References on anesthesia
- Anaesthetic efficacy of Aqui-S, Benzoak, and MS-222 on lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus) fries. Impact from temperature, salinity, and fasting.