Limits to exhaustive exercise in fish

Comp Biochem Physiol A Mol Integr Physiol. 2000 Jun;126(2):161-79. doi: 10.1016/s1095-6433(00)00202-6.


Exercise to exhaustion leads to severe metabolic, acid-base and ionic changes in fish. It has been shown that several abiotic and biotic factors can limit burst exercise performance and the recovery process in fish. This article reviews the importance of body size, temperature, fasting/starvation and training on the ability of fish to perform and recover from exhaustive exercise. It is concluded that the constraints placed on a fish prior to and following exercise reflects the large intra-specific variability in the physiological response to exercise in fish.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Fishes / physiology*
  • Physical Exertion*
  • Species Specificity