Project number: 2017-206
Project Status:
Budget expenditure: $156,177.11
Principal Investigator: Gavin J. Partridge
Organisation: Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) WA
Project start/end date: 26 Feb 2019 - 29 Jun 2020


An indicator of oxidative/metabolic stress in fish has long been sought after as a means of providing a simple measure of health and as a tool for assessing the outcomes of research trials including those on diet formulations. The FRDC have invested heavily in health & nutrition research, yet a simple, sensitive and cost effective method of assessing health following such trials is still lacking. Most analytical methods such as haematology, blood biochemistry, flow cytometry, histology and bacterial challenges all have limitations in terms of sensitivity, repeatability, cost and simplicity.

Inflamark has potential to be developed into a rapid, point-of-care device that could be used on-farm as well as in research trials. There is a need to validate its usefulness as a diagnostic tool in commercially relevant farmed fish species prior to its development as a routine diagnostic tool.


1. Optimise field methods to ensure blood is collected and preserved appropriately for shipment and analysis
2. Determine the range of baseline oxidative stress values for healthy and moribund fish from four species across the full range of sizes and culture temperatures under commercial growout conditions.
3. Obtain data from fish in various FRDC and industry funded research projects investigating health and nutrition.

Final report

ISBN: 978-0-6486988-1-4
Authors: Dr Catherine D. Wingate Dr Peter G. Arthur and Dr Gavin J. Partridge
Final Report • 2021-12-01 • 1.74 MB


This collaborative project between industry and academia was developed in response to the need for a reliable and simple measurement of fish health status in farmed populations as well as in a research context, to assess the outcomes of trials on health, nutrition and environment. We have developed a tool to measure physiological/oxidative stress in aquaculture species.

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