Induced deformities on larvae of the Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus L.). A new experimental approach.
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Introduction: The atlantic halibut is viewed as a promising species for cold water aquaculture, and have been subjected to extensive research efforts both in Norway and in U.K. the later years. As the biology, and especially the ontogeny of the halibut was little studied, a strategy of simultaneous basic and applied research have been chosen. It is known that several factors have effects on the developing fish larvae (Rosenthal and Alderdice 1976). We have the impression that answers to many of the basic problems concerning larval development have been sought in experimental units not suited to give these answers. We strongly felt the need to develop an experimental design were hypothesis could be tested.