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Stress response according to transport protocol in Norway lobster, Nephrops norvegicus

Powell, Adam; Cowing, Daniel M.; Eriksson, Susanne P.; Johnson, Magnus L.


Adam Powell

Daniel M. Cowing

Susanne P. Eriksson


The Norway lobster, Nephrops norvegicus, is a valuable and commonly exported European decapod crustacean, which experiences stress from point of capture and onward transport. Stressors such as air exposure duration (i.e. emersion period) and air temperature have been studied previously. We investigated whether mortality could be reduced by decreasing road vibrations during transport, and how physiological stress measurements were influenced in a transport simulation experiment, reflecting a typical short road journey along a supply chain. Baseline haemolymph samples were taken from lobsters sampled immediately after commercial capture using static traps (lobster pots). Individuals were emersed for one hour, either immobile or with continuous shaking; the latter to simulate conditions occurring during transport. Both treatments significantly increased Total Haemocyte Counts (THC) and serum glucose, lactate and ammonium concentrations compared to baseline animals. Individuals subjected to continuous shaking showed higher glucose and ammonium concentrations compared to individuals maintained immobile. We conclude that shaking appears to influence the physiological responses of N. norvegicus in addition to the effects of emersion alone, and the reduction of road vibrations (e.g. via simple cushioning) can reduce post-transport mortality.


Powell, A., Cowing, D. M., Eriksson, S. P., & Johnson, M. L. (2017). Stress response according to transport protocol in Norway lobster, Nephrops norvegicus. Crustacean research, 46, 17-24.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 3, 2016
Online Publication Date Jan 18, 2017
Publication Date 2017
Deposit Date May 24, 2019
Publicly Available Date May 29, 2019
Journal Crustacean Research
Print ISSN 0287-3478
Electronic ISSN 2189-5317
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Pages 17-24
Keywords Serum; THC; Glucose; Ammonium; Lactate
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