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Aquaculture research and implementation of results

For the last 10 years, I have been editing the Israeli Journal of Aquaculture - Bamidge hand as such have had the opportunity to read hundreds of articles that deal with a wide range of issues. Many of these deal with herbal medicine, fishmeal replacement, feed additives and others. The results of these researchers often provide interesting solutions to acute problems that concern fish health, disease treatment and general welfare of fish. I often wonder how many of these find their way to the ones who need them most, the farmers. On the one hand, the researchers don't usually address the economics that derives from the inclusion of the proposed additives and the commercial feed industries tend not to reveal the full list of components that they include in their products. So where does all this lead? It seems that unless a more practical approach to the implementation of research is adopted by all sides we will all keep on working in a very hazy environment.

Dan Mires (editor)

Israeli Journal of Aquaculture - Bamidge - an open access - free to all - scientific journal :)

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Aloha Dan,

     Can you please refer to some "good examples" that can serve as models?


Shalom Benny,

The list below includes only a few recent articles published in the Israeli Journal of Aquaculture - Bamigeh (IJA). All these and others are freely accessible by registering to the IJA via our internet site at

57(2) Full article PDF
Screening of desert plants for use against bacterial pathogens in fish
p 71-80
S. Abutbul, A. Golan-Goldhirsh, O. Barazani, R. Ofir and D. Zilberg

58(2) Full article PDF
Traditional Indian herbal extracts used in vitro against growth of the pathogenic bacteria – Aeromonas hydrophila
p 89-96
R. Bhuvaneswari and C. Balasundaram

60(2) Full Article PDF
Effects of probiotics and spirulina on survival and growth of common carp (Cyprinus carpio)
Pages 128-133
C. Muthu Ramakrishnan, M.A. Haniffa, M. Manohar, M. Dhanaraj, A. Jesu Arokiaraj, S. Seetharaman and S.V. Arunsingh.

[IIC.62.2011.558] Full article PDF
Jiin-Ju Guo*, Bih-Yueh Her, Ruey-Ling Chou, Tzyy-Ing Chen
Screening of Modern Herbal Medicines in White Shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) against Vibrio harveyi Infection. 7 pages

63,IJA_592.2011 Full article PDF
Zilberg D.,* Etzion A., Gillor O,, Harpaz S, Pasternak Z.
Dietary Supplementation of Probiotic Bacteria: Effect on Immune Function and Resistance to Bacterial Infection in Barramundi, Lates calcarifer (Bloch, 1790). 9 pages

63,IJA_537.2011 Full article PDF
Funda Turan*, Armağan Gezer, Yasemin Bircan-Yildirim,
Effects of Dietary Pelargonium sidoides Extract on Growth Performance in Common Carp, Cyprinus carpio,
6 pages

63,IJA_562.2011 Full article PDF
Arzu Ozluer Hunt*, Mehmet Berkoz, Ferbal Ozkan, Serap Yalin, Zeynep Ercen, Erhan Erdogan, Suna Gul Gunduz. Effects of Organic Selenium on Growth, Muscle Composition, and Antioxidant System in Rainbow Trout,10 pages
Accepted MS.IJA_64.2012.711]

63,IJA_605.2011 Full article PDF
Slawski H.,*, Adem H., Tressel R-P., Wysujack K., Koops U., Schulz C.
Replacement of Fishmeal by Rapeseed Protein Concentrate in Diets for Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio L.). 6 pages

63.IJA_667.2011 Full article PDF
Francis Nuestro Baleta*, Liberato V. Laureta*, Mary Jane S. Apines-Amar, Philip Ian P. Padilla, Gerald F. Quinitio, 2011. Biological Activity of Extracts of Sargassum oligocystum (Magnaye) against Aquaculture Pathogenic Bacteria, 5 pages

Accepted MS.IJA_64.2012.711]
Man-Chul Kim, Ramasamy Harikrishnan, and Moon-Soo Heo*, 2012. The effect of probiotics and herbal supplemented diets on growth, blood biochemistry, and innate immune response of olive flounder and parrot fish. The Israeli Journal of Aquaculture - Bamidgeh


Thank you Dan. Soon to be on the IJA Group, here on the HUB :)

I'll enjoy perusing the collection, thanks for mentioning it. 

You may get a better response if you provide a membership form on your website, as opposed to using a Word document that has to be downloaded and e-mailed.  There are many free tools online for making forms, such as

Thanks again!

Hi, I'm afraid I don't quite understand your point. If you are refering to our journal:The Israeli Journal of aquaculture - Bamidgeh , you do need to register to gain free access to all our PDF'd archived articles, Registration forms can be downloaded from our site at . We originally published the Word abstracts of our articles when we were told that some Internet search engines were not able to read PDFs, This we know now is not true. I will be looking forward to receive your registration and share our published articles with you and others.

Hi Dan,

I meant I would try my best to join you -  cooperate with you regarding our concern "how to get the knowledge to the people who need it most, the farmers".  And I'll be pleased to register into your journal soon.

Hi Dan,  I was referring to having a registration form on the website that can be filled out there and submitted, like a website contact form.  The easier it is to register, the more response you'll get.  Just a suggestion.  :-)

Shalom Dan,

Yes, you're right saying " On the one hand the reserchers don't usually address the economics that derive from the inclusion  of the proposed additives and the commercial feed industries tend not to reveal the full list of components that they include in their products". The application and usage of those herbal medicine is still very limited, and I have not figured out the reason why they just "stop right there", I mean there's a lot of things that need to be done in order to get those medication to the practical field, such as the dosage, the side effect, and even the socialization of them (how they can reach to ones who really need it). I put this concern in the Abstract of my blog post - which is "using herbal in aquaculture", and it lies as an "unsolved issue".

The source of information of my blog post is from local experiences, however, it goes spontaneously, and it is not yet censored to be a medical remedy that can be applicated widely. And i think that this is a common situation in other developing countries, those who need it most.

Anyway, although this is not an individual issue (it needs vast helps from world community) I would continuously find the way to brighten the situation, and I hope that someday I'll get it.

Mr. Dan, could I join you?

You are welcome. You will find the information you need concerning registrations to our journal in our site at: All you need is to download one of the forms from our site, return it to my address and you will be given free access to our archived articles.

Dear Dan,

I've submitted the registration form and sent it, wondering when I'll get the approval.

But Israeli Journal for Aquaculture is really an interesting web. Thank you

Dan:  As a newcomer to aquaculture, coming from another academic background, I wholeheartedly agree with you.  I've wondered if "translations for commoners" could be implemented in an easy to digest format.  Perhaps single page that answers a question with the latest, best research answers?  Definitely something we need to do..connect scientific research and get it to the "market" for that research.  Right now the "market" is other academics...poorly disseminating the results of billions of dollars of taxpayer money.  Thanks for this post.

I agree Barbara, but when I asked one of our feed producers in Israel why they were reluctant to implement research results on herbals I was told that they can include therapeutic herbs only if they are availble as commercial shelf products. If so, it seems that unless these ingredients are produced industrially chances are that scientific results will remain only on paper. From my job as editor I can only continue publishing scientific results at the doorsteps of whoever can implement them.


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