Cite as: «Castanheira, Maria Filipa. 2018. Lota lota (Summary of Short Profile, Version 1.22). In: FishEthoBase, ed. Fish Ethology and Welfare Group. World Wide Web electronic publication. Version 0.1.22.»
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Lota lota is the only gadiform (cod-like) freshwater fish. Burbot populations are difficult to study, due to their deep habitats and reproduction under ice. There is limited information about this species on WILD and FARM conditions. As the burbot lacks popularity in commercial fishing, many regions do not even consider management plans. Aquaculture could represent a solution to restore Burbot wild populations. In the recent years, has become one of the promising candidates for diversification of freshwater aquaculture. Further research is needed on both natural behaviour and physiological effects of farming practices in order to provide recommendations for improving fish welfare.