Ecophysiology of selected aquaculture species in Indonesia and the Philippines


StressChron Framework:

Project code088
Research areaContributing to a more sustainable and animal welfare minded food
Research topicImproving sustainability and animal welfare in aquaculture and husbandry
SpeciesMilkfish (Chanos chanos)



The research goal is on stress evaluation of cultured fish in Indonesia and the Philippines, in particular on milkfish (Chanos chanos), and includes the identification of potential stressors, the assessment of metabolic performances of fish under the influence of certain stressors and the search for indications of chronic stress. Furthermore, the project focuses on strategies to minimize or “re-use” excessively nutrient outputs from aquaculture systems with an integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) approach by combining cultures of nutrient releasing organisms with cultures of filter feeding/ nutrient up-taking organisms.



Keywords: aquaculture, fish, stress, optimization, cortisol, scale

Funding: German Government - ACUTE (AquaCUlture practice in Tropical coastal Ecosystems- Understanding ecological and socio-economic consequences)

Status: on-going


Ghent University (Aerts J)

Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Aerts J, Ampe B)

Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), Bremen, Germany (Hanke I, Gärdes A, Kunzmann A)



None at present