Scientists from a University of Liverpool will showcase a novel automatic fish health guard to visitors during Blue Planet Aquarium for a initial time.
The guard is a perfection of 3 years work in a laboratory of Dr Lynne Sneddon during a University’s Institute of Integrative Biology.
A universe personality in fish health and welfare, Dr Sneddon’s investigate aims to urge a approach fish are looked after and cared for in captivity.
Improving fish welfare
Dr Sneddon said: “The guard uses non-invasive behavioural and physiological measurements to concede researchers and animal carers to accurately diagnose either a fish is in pain or trouble and to meddle accordingly.”
Two cameras, related to a computer, lane a movements of fish in aquariums in 3 dimensions. Movement for healthy fish are automatic into a system, and if a fish shows deviations from these parameters a mechanism detects this and gives a health ‘score’. The guard can afterwards warning a carer that there might be an issue, and safeguard movement is taken promptly.
Blue Planet Aquarium curator David Wolfenden, who invited Dr Sneddon to hearing a guard during a aquarium, said: “Blue Planet Aquarium houses some 4,000 fish class and we are always looking during ways to occupy a latest state of a art techniques in animal health.
“This guard has a intensity to change a caring of nautical life in serf environments worldwide and it will be fascinating to a see a formula of a initial hearing in a open aquarium.”
As partial of a ‘Meet a Fish Biologists’ eventuality Dr Sneddon will benefaction a Fish Health Monitor to visitors. Dr Jon Buckley and Dr Anthony Deakin, who are partial of a investigate team, will also be on palm to speak about a project.
Source: University of Liverpool