I need help creating a thesis and an outline on Cannibalism in Aquaculture. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required.
The assortment of species within an aquaculture plays a vital role in determining the prevalence of cannibalism. Most aquatic animals are omnivorous with predominant herbivorous tendencies. However, there are some types of species are cannibals by nature. Cannibalism is more dominant in predatory species than in others. Most crabs, Crayfish and the Malaysian freshwater shrimp fall under these categories. As such, even when the aquaculture consists of a similar, well fed, species, cannibalism is likely to occur. The crabs will feed on each other for a number of reasons. One is for sustenance while others feed in order to prove dominance over a territory.
Cannibalism also increases with the density of the population. Studies show that, in a largely populated environment, the aqua population tends to acquire an aggressive nature. One such study carried out n blue crabs revealed that there were more deaths as a result of cannibalism in densely populated environments. The psychological state of any population may have an impact on its social interactions. Psychological states rely on factors such as the natural habitat of a species. Animal psychology studies indicate that the artificial living environment of any animal should resemble the natural environment. For instance, the rainbow trout are more likely to develop a cannibalistic nature hen exposed to an automatic feeding system than in a self-feeding system. Population density also leads to stress among the aqua population. Stress causes the development of aggressive behaviors and one of these behaviors is cannibalism.