Salmon: Biology, Ecological Impacts and Economic Importance


Patrick T.K. Woo (Editor)
University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Donald J. Noakes (Editor)
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia, Canada

Series: Fish, Fishing and Fisheries
BISAC: SCI070010

This book provides a good mix of both basic and applied topics in the hope that it will be useful and of interest to scientists working on finfish. It has 15 chapters written by 27 contributors and many of them are highly respected scientists. Given the global importance of salmon, contributors are from many countries including 11 from Japan and Russia. These authors bring slightly different and important perspectives to the book, and their expertise and research may not be known to many young scientists in Europe and in the Americas.

The volume starts with an overview of salmon, their economic and social importance, and their impacts on the environment. Subsequent topics include morphological, physiological and behavioral differences between wild and farmed salmon; growth, food utilization and water flow requirements of wild and hatchery salmon; the real and potential ecological impacts of sea cages and hatcheries; the potential use of waste product (gelatin) from the salmon industry; salmon behavior and genetics including their broad applications that contribute to our understanding of fish biology, and nutritional and anti-nutritional factors in salmon culture.

There are also chapters on environmental impacts and the economic importance of the commercial fishery and salmon farming industry; these are very important components of the industry, especially to the seafood sector. The principal audience of this book are research scientists in the aquaculture industry and universities, aquaculture consultants, and managers of private and government hatcheries. The book is also appropriate for graduate and senior undergraduate students in aquaculture programs, and it may also serve as a reference book for courses in fish biology, fisheries and aquaculture. (Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Overview of Salmon and Their Ecological and Economic Importance
Donald J. Noakes (Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada)

Chapter 2. Seed Quality in Hatchery-Reared Chum Salmon Fry: Methods of Evaluation and Improvement
Shinya Mizuno (Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Research Institute, Hokkaido Research Organization, Japan)

Chapter 3. Intraspecific Morphological Heterogenicity of Atlantic Salmon in the Wild and Aquaculture
Anastasia Yurtseva (Saint Petersburg State University, Department of Ichthyology and Hydrobiology, St. Petersburg, Russia)

Chapter 4. Changes in Fatty Acid Composition during Embryogenesis and in Young Age Groups (0+) of Atlantic Salmon Salmo salаr L.: The Role of Rheotactic Behavior and Lipid Composition of Fry in the Formation of Phenotypic Groups of Salmon in Large Arctic Rivers
Svetlana A. Murzina, Zinaida A. Nefedova, Alexey E. Veselov, Pauli O. Ripatti, Nina N. Nemova and Dmitry S. Pavlov (Institute of Biology, Karelian Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Petrozavodsk, Russia )

Chapter 5. In silico Identification and Expression of Atlantic Salmon miRNAs
Daniela Reyes Villalobos, Ruth González Miranda, Rodrigo Vidal Soto and Lara Covelo Soto (Laboratory of Molecular Ecology, Genomics and Evaluative Studies and Centro de Biotecnología Acuícola (CBA). Faculty of Biology and Chemistry, Department of Biology, University of Santiago, Santiago, Chile)

Chapter 6. Atlantic Salmon, Salmo salar L.: Genetic Variations in Protein Metabolism and Growth
Krisna Rungruangsak-Torrissen (Institute of Marine Research, Ecosystem Processes Research Group, Matre Research Station, Matredal, Norway)
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Chapter 7. Atlantic Salmon, Salmo salar L.: Food Utilization, Protein Growth Efficiency and Maturation
Krisna Rungruangsak-Torrissen (Institute of Marine Research, Ecosystem Processes Research Group, Matre Research Station, Matredal, Norway)
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Chapter 8. Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar L.) in Aquaculture: Metabolic Rate and Water Flow Requirements
Asbjørn Bergheim and Sveinung Fivelstad (IRIS – International Research Institute of Stavanger, Stavanger, and Bergen University College, Bergen, Norway)

Chapter 9. Nutritional and Anti-Nutritional Factors
Ian Forster and Ronald Hardy (Fisheries and Oceans Canada, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)

Chapter 10. Behavior and Genetics of Salmon
David L. G. Noakes (Fisheries and Wildlife Department and Oregon Hatchery Research Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, US)

Chapter 11. Biological Interactions between Wild and Hatchery-Produced Pacific Salmon
Masahide Kaeriyama and Yuxue Qin (Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan)

Chapter 12. Environmental Impacts of Salmon Net Pen Farming
Donald J. Noakes (Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada)

Chapter 13. Possible Use of Waste Products from the Salmon Industry: Properties of Salmon Gelatin
Daniel López, Javier Enrione and Silvia Matiacevich (Food Science and Technology Department, Technological Faculty, University of Santiago of Chile, Santiago, Chile, and School of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad de los Andes, Santiago, Chile)

Chapter 14. The Economic Importance of Wild Pacific Salmon
Keith R. Criddle and Ikutaro Shimizu (Juneau Center for Fisheries and Ocean Science, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Juneau, Alaska, US and others)
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Chapter 15. Salmon Aquaculture: Environmental Impacts and Economic Implications
Frank Asche and Trond Bjørndal (Department of Industrial Economics, University of Stavanger Ullandhaug, Stavanger, and SNF Bergen and Aalesund University College, Bergen, Norway)



“The new book published by NOVA Publishers, USA, “Salmon: Biology, Ecological Impacts and Economic Importance” is a collection of scientific reviews in diverse fields of salmonid ecology, morphology, genetics, fisheries, aquaculture, and economic importance of salmon. Twenty-eight authors from seven “salmon-dependent” (a word from Chapter 14 that caught my fancy) countries represent 15 chapters filled with both well-known and new information on considered issues. READ MORE…Vladimir I. Radchenko, Executive director, North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission

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