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Title: Prevalence and intensity of Hexamita salmonis in rainbow trout farms in the southeastern Black Sea and their relationship to environmental factors 
Author: Ogut, Hamdi; Akyol, Abdurrezzak
Date: 2005
Publisher: Israeli Journal of Aquaculture - BAMIGDEH
Citation: Ogut, H., & Akyol, A. (2005). Prevalence and intensity of Hexamita salmonis in rainbow trout farms in the southeastern Black Sea and their relationship to environmental factors. The Israeli Journal of Aquaculture - Bamidgeh, 57(2), 97-104.
Abstract: An acute rise of unexplained mortalities (reaching 84,000 fish at one farm in 2002, 32%) was observed at a rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) farm on the southeastern Black Sea coast from January to June for at least the last four years. Three rainbow trout farms on the same river system were surveyed for eight months to determine the occurrence and spread of the suspect- ed causative agent, Hexamita salmonis. We found that this protozoan was endemic to the trout farms from December through late August. The main determinants of the incidence and intensi- ty were water temperature (non-linear regression, r 2 = 0.77) and oxygen and nitrate levels (ANOVA, r2 = 0.83). The mean intensity of the parasite gradually decreased while prevalence gradually increased from February to April at the farm with the highest values. There was no weight loss in infected fish compared to uninfected fish (p = 0.4). The downstream farm had a higher level of parasitic intensity than the upstream farm during the high risk season. Hexamitiasis was the main cause of the high mortality in May and June when water tempera- tures were around 6-13oC. Prophylactic measures should be taken in systems where this para- site is endemic. This is the first report of hexamitiasis from Turkey.
Series/Report No.: The Israeli Journal of Aquaculture - Bamidgeh
Pages/Duration: 8 pages
ISSN: 0792-156X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10524/19135
Keywords: Hexamita salmonis, intensity, prevalence, rainbow trout, temperature
LC Subject Headings: Fish culture--Israel--Periodicals.
Fish culture--Periodicals.
Aquaculture--Israel--Periodicals.
Aquaculture--Periodicals.

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