22 Jul 2014

New edition of Guidelines for the Use of Fishes in Research

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New edition of Guidelines for the Use of Fishes in Research published

Guidelines for the Use of Fishes in Research aids researchers and regulatory authorities regarding responsible, scientifically valid research on fish and aquatic wildlife. The 90-page document is intended to provide general recommendations on field and laboratory research, such as sampling, holding, and handling fishes; to offer information on administrative matters, including regulations and permits; and to address typical ethical concerns, such as perceptions of pain or discomfort experienced by experimental subjects.

Many changes were made to the previous 2004 edition, including expanded coverage of U.S. and international agencies and programs on research with fishes. The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC) role is explained, expectations for researchers are provided, and a checklist for IACUC readiness is included. Other sections were reworked or received special focus.

The newly-revised Guidelines is jointly endorsed by the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists, and American Fisheries Society.

The Guidelines are available at: Guidelines for the Use of Fishes in Research.

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