New short profiles published at FishEthoBase!

FishEthoBase is the first online and open access database to assemble ethological scientific knowledge on farmed fishes systematically. This database from fair-fish international targets scientists and practitioners, but also NGOs, the general public, and other possible stakeholders.

We have published two more short profiles in the FishEthoBase. These are about Smallscale mud carp (Cirrhinus microlepis) and Mud carp (Cirrhinus molitorella), which are Asian cyprinid fish species. Smallscale mud carp is one of the most important fished species in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, whereas Mud carp is one of the most important species cultured in inland water bodies in southern China. Such profiles were authored by Caroline Marques Maia.

If you would like to access such new short profiles at fair-fish database, please click here and here.

(posted on Dec. 2, 2022)

Participation in a new Special Issue of Fishes journal!

We believe that solid scientific knowledge is fundamental to improve the welfare of fishes and other farmed aquatic animals in a practical way. Thus, the publication of good quality papers that help filling the knowledge gaps on the welfare of such animals is the main basis for this.

In this line, João Saraiva from our team, in collaboration with Eliane Gonçalves de Freitas and Sonia Rey Planellas, are the guest editors of the new Special Issue ‘Advances in Tilapia Welfare - from labs to ponds’, from Fishes journal.

This Special Issue is online and open for submissions. Thus, if you have a manuscript in the scope of this topic, don’t miss the chance to submit it! For more information, please access this Special Issue here.

(posted on Nov. 24, 2022)

New episodes of our Fish Talk podcast!

FishEthoBase programme is a series of very brief audios of our Fish Talk podcast, which are focused on fish species with profiles already published in FishEthoBase, a fair-fish international database. The idea is to give information about natural needs, behaviours or farming conditions of fishes and other aquatic farmed animals in less than 3 min.

Last week we released new episodes of FishEthoBase programme. This time the episodes are focused on Pengba (Osteobrama belangeri), Wuchang bream (Megalobrama amblycephala) and Orangefin labeo (Labeo calbasu).

If you would like to listen to the new episodes (series 10) and to know this podcast programme, please click here.

(posted on Nov. 21, 2022)

Publication of the first fish welfare guide in Spanish aquaculture!

Disseminating scientific-based knowledge is one of our activities to help improving the welfare of farmed fishes and other aquatic species in a practical way. So, the publication of good fish welfare guidelines are also part of our actions.

Pablo Arechavala from our team coordinated the preparation and publication of the first fish welfare guide in Spanish aquaculture! It is the result of collaborative work and constructive discussions between aquaculture producers, leading animal welfare NGOs, scientists, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. The guide addresses basic concepts on welfare but will be followed by specific guidelines for each species and production system.

This work has been financed by APROMAR with co-funding from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of the Spanish Government and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund of the European Union.

If you would like to access this new guideline, now with an English version available, click here.

(posted on Nov. 14, 2022)

Participation in a Brazilian Conference!

Making presentations at scientific events is also an important part of our activities to spread the word and share knowledge about fish behaviour and welfare. We believe that scientific dissemination is as important as any other of our actions to help improving the welfare of farmed fishes in a practical way.

As part of this, Caroline Marques Maia from our team participated of the Brazilian XXXIX Annual Ethology Meeting (Encontro Anual de Etologia) last week. She participated of symposiums, first talking about ideas and examples of scientific dissemination for general public about fish ethology and welfare, and giving an oral presentation about preference and motivation responses of fishes applied to their welfare. She also presented a poster about Nile tilapia preferences for shelter or complexity in the environment, thus also talking about some of our research findings.

It was a successful and fruitful opportunity to share our ideas and exchange knowledge!

(posted on Nov. 10, 2022)

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