Fishes in Research
The American Fisheries Society, the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists and the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists are professional societies and are responsible for the latest Guidelines for the Use of Fishes in Research. Their policies and position statements are based primarily on information that has been developed through scientific processes. The Guidelines offers their perspective using a multidisciplinary approach in order to address issues concerning animal care and use. These guidelines reflect scientific expertise and promote scientifically valid research on fish and fish habitats. Such research should be conducted in an acceptable manner where the research takes place and to the benefit of the fishes and their ecosystems. These guidelines also include laboratory research.
The Guidelines are intended to provide researchers with a broad array of topics and concerns with which they should become familiar before initiating their studies. Understanding the differences between fish and other vertebrate animals is critically important to the conduct of scientifically valid research on fishes. The Guidelines recognize the unique nature of fishes, were developed for general use by researchers within the United States and IACUCs are given specific attention.