Pathological and physiological effects of nicking on brown crab (Cancer pagurus) in the Irish crustacean fishery.

@article{Welsh2013PathologicalAP,
  title={Pathological and physiological effects of nicking on brown crab (Cancer pagurus) in the Irish crustacean fishery.},
  author={Jennifer E Welsh and Pauline A King and Eugene MacCarthy},
  journal={Journal of invertebrate pathology},
  year={2013},
  volume={112 1},
  pages={49-56}
}
Nicking is used in fisheries to immobilize claws of brown crab (Cancer pagurus) in order to prevent cannibalism and fighting during storage. Nicking fractures the apodemes creating an open wound and damage to the internal claw tissues, which is the most valuable product of brown crab. In turn, this results in a reduction of quality of product and possibly compromises the host's defence mechanisms to other physiological challenges experienced throughout the post-harvest process. This study… CONTINUE READING

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