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New Research Topic!

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, our team member Caroline Marques Maia is collaborating as an editor for the Research Topic ‘Proposing and improving science led operational welfare indicators for fish farming’ in the Frontiers in Veterinary Science journal.

>> This Research Topic is open for submissions. If you are interested, access it here.

(posted on June 8, 2024)

New post about fish abilities at ConsCIÊNCIA Animal blog!

Although it is common that people think fishes do not have great cognitive abilities, these aquatic animals are capable of doing amazing things.For instance, it’s not new to science that, just like birds, fishes are also capable of nest building. Moreover, there is scientific evidence indicating that nests can be used for several other functions besides spawning and parental care of offspring.

In the new post of 'The fish mind' section at ConsCIÊNCIA Animal blog, we explored this fish ability. 'The fish mind' is a FishEthoGroup section that talks about the capacity of fishes to suffer, feel positive affective states, and express amazing cognitive abilities, bringing some important scientific evidence about these themes.

> If you are interested, access the full post here.

> This post and 'The fish mind' section of the FishEthoGroup at ConsCIÊNCIA Animal blog is part of a post-doc project in collaboration with Centro de Aquicultura da UNESP - Jaboticabal, Brazil.

(posted on June 3, 2024)

New podcast episode about fish abilities

One of our activities is developing scientific dissemination actions to share knowledge related to the welfare of fishes and other aquatic species. As part of this, the Fish Mind is a programme of our podcast Fish Talk that is focused on the capacity of fishes to suffer, feel other affective states, and display great cognitive abilities. The idea is to present this important information in an informal dialogue of a few minutes.

We released our third episode about cognitive abilities of fishes in portuguese. Did you know that, just like humans, fishes may be able to recognize themselves? Self-recognition is a skill that until recently had only been shown in mammals. But now, it's been demonstrated in a fish species! This podcast episode is focused on this topic, bringing relevant scientific evidence about self recognition in fishes. 

>> The Fish Mind programme results from a collaboration with Centro de Aquicultura da UNESP - Jaboticabal, Brazil.

>> If you would like to listen to this episode, go to our Spotify page here or to our podcast page here.

(posted on May 27, 2024)

New paper published!

Recently, our team members Ana Rita Oliveira, María J. Cabrera-Álvarez, João L. Saraiva and Pablo Arechavala-Lopez co-authored the paper titled 'Structural enrichment promotes natural behaviour and welfare of captive gilthead seabream broodstock', which was published in the Applied Animal Behaviour Science journal.

The authors monitored behaviors and stress markers of gilthead seabream broodstock over several months in conditions with structural enrichment, compared to a standard rearing environment. They found that the enrichment evoked positive changes in spatial distribution, swimming activity, social interactions and feeding behaviour, with no detrimental effects on any performance indicator.

>> If you would like to access this new paper, click here.

(posted on May 21, 2024)

Seminars at the University of Padua about fish behaviour and welfare!

Disseminating scientifically-based knowledge is one of our key activities aimed at improving the welfare of farmed fishes and other aquatic animals in a practical manner. Thus, making presentations plays a crucial role in spreading the word and sharing insights into fish behavior and welfare.

Our team member, Joao L. Saraiva, will be delivering seminars at the Università degli Studi di Padova (UNIPD) / University of Padua, as part of the SENTINEL project (animalS and ENvironmenT: towards a sustaINablE Life). Great opportunity to share our ideas and exchange knowledge.

> The seminars will be streamed online on May 16th and 17th. If you are interested, you can access them clicking here.

(posted on May 13, 2024)

New post about fish abilities at ConsCIÊNCIA Animal blog!

Although it is common that people think fishes do not have great cognitive abilities, these aquatic animals are capable of doing amazing things. For instance, fishes may be able to recognize themselves, an ability once deemed exclusive to humans. Science has now demonstrated that fishes also have this ability.

In the new post of 'The fish mind' section at ConsCIÊNCIA Animal blog, we explored this fish ability. 'The fish mind' is a FishEthoGroup section that talks about the capacity of fishes to suffer, feel positive affective states, and express amazing cognitive abilities, bringing some important scientific evidence about these themes.

> If you would like to access this new post, click here.

> This post and "The fish mind' section of the FishEthoGroup at ConsCIÊNCIA Animal blog is part of a post-doc project in collaboration with Centro de Aquicultura da UNESP - Jaboticabal, (Brazil).

(posted on April 22, 2024)

New podcast episode about fish abilities!

The Fish Mind is a programme of our podcast Fish Talk that is focused on the capacity of fishes to suffer, feel other affective states, and display great cognitive abilities. The idea is to present this important information in an informal dialogue of a few minutes.

We released our third episode about cognitive abilities of fishes. Did you know that, just like humans, fishes may be able to recognize themselves? Self-recognition is a skill that until recently had only been shown in mammals. But now, it's been demonstrated in a fish species! This podcast episode is focused on this topic, bringing relevant scientific evidence about self recognition in fishes. 

> The Fish Mind programme results from a collaboration with Centro de Aquicultura da UNESP - Jaboticabal, Brazil.

> If you would like to listen to this episode, go to our Spotify page here or to our podcast page here.

(posted on April 15, 2024)

Invitation to make a presentation at the APROMAR meeting

The first face-to-face meeting of APROMAR (Spanish Aquaculture Association) in 2024 was on March 12th, in Madrid - Spain. This event discussed APROMAR's projects since 2015, with emphasis on 2023. Pablo was invited to present some projects that APROMAR is financing.

Pablo talked about the study and management of predator interactions with sea bream and sea bass grow-out facilities; and was also in charge of presenting the Aquaculture Sea Bream and Sea Bass Welfare Guides.

>> This news is already in the media. If you are interested, access it here.

(posted on March 25, 2024)

New podcast episode about fish abilities in Portuguese!

One of our activities is developing scientific dissemination actions to share knowledge related to the welfare of fishes and other aquatic species. As part of this, The Fish Mind is a programme of our podcast Fish Talk that is focused on the capacity of fishes to suffer, feel other affective states, and display great cognitive abilities. The idea is to present this important information in an informal dialogue of a few minutes.

We released our second episode about cognitive abilities of fishes in portuguese. Did you know that fishes are able to use things to get food? Using tools is a well-known ability in mammals and birds, but science has demonstrated that fishes are also able to do that! This podcast episode is focused on this topic, bringing relevant scientific evidence about tool use in fishes.

>> The Fish Mind programme results from a collaboration with Centro de Aquicultura da UNESP - Jaboticabal, Brazil.

>> If you would like to listen to this episode, please go to our Spotify page here or to our Fish talk page here.

(posted on March 18, 2024)

We are very pleased to be a member of the AQUATECHinn 4.0 project!

AQUATECHinn 4.0 is a project aiming to transform traditional aquaculture by promoting digital learning. It is an exciting initiative to create a ground-breaking online course that will provide free training for current and future aquaculture professionals and students.

We are creating content for the three modules of the online platform, namely on new trends in aquaculture, on how to promote the circular economy in the sector, on new technologies in fish and mollusc aquaculture, and, of course, on improving fish welfare.

> We're thrilled to be part of this important initiative!

> If you would like to know more about this project, click here.

(posted on March 12, 2024)

Tool use in fishes

Science has increasingly demonstrated over the years that fishes are animals with incredible capacities and cognitive abilities. One good example is their tool use ability, which was once considered an exclusive characteristic of humans.

And it is not new to science that fishes are capable of using tools, although this is not as widely disseminated in the media as it is for primates. If you are interested, take a look at our infographic here for more details.

> Collaboration with Centro de Aquicultura da UNESP - Jaboticabal, Brazil

(posted on March 5, 2024)

New post about fish abilities at ConsCIÊNCIA Animal blog!

Although it is common that people think fishes do not have great cognitive abilities, these aquatic animals are capable of doing amazing things. For instance, fishes may be able to use tools, an ability once deemed exclusive to humans. While this is a well-established trait in mammals and birds, science has demonstrated that fish also have this capability!

In the new post of 'The fish mind' section at ConsCIÊNCIA Animal blog, we explored this fish ability. 'The fish mind' is a FishEthoGroup section that talks about the capacity of fishes to suffer, feel positive affective states, and express amazing cognitive abilities, bringing some important scientific evidence about these themes.

> If you would like to read the new post, click here

"The fish mind' section of the FishEthoGroup at ConsCIÊNCIA Animal blog is part of a post-doc project in collaboration with Centro de Aquicultura da UNESP - Jaboticabal (Brazil).

(posted on Feb. 26, 2024)

New podcast episode about fish abilities!

One of our activities is developing scientific dissemination actions to share knowledge related to the welfare of fishes and other aquatic species. As part of this, The Fish Mind is a programme of our podcast Fish Talk that is focused on the capacity of fishes to suffer, feel other affective states, and display great cognitive abilities. The idea is to present this important information in an informal dialogue of a few minutes.

Last week we released our second episode about cognitive abilities of fishes. Did you know that fishes are able to use things to get food? Using tools is a very well-known ability in mammals and birds, but science has demonstrated that fishes are also able to do that! This podcast episode is focused on this topic, bringing relevant scientific evidence about tool use in fishes.

> The Fish Mind programme results from a collaboration with Centro de Aquicultura da UNESP - Jaboticabal, Brazil.

> If you are interested, go to our Spotify page here or to our website here and listen to this episode.

(posted on Feb. 20, 2024)

The fruits of our work are making headlines in the media!

>> Several of our proposals included in the Aquaculture Advisory Council (AAC) recommendation to the European Commission have already been implemented. The response document from the European Commission demonstrates a commitment to reviewing European directives on fish welfare and outlining measures for the European Food Safety Authority to implement.

And the media is buzzing about it! 

>> You can access the news from the media about this here, here and here.

(posted on Feb. 14, 2024)

We are making an impact!

We are excited that the recommendation delivered by the Aquaculture Advisory Council (AAC) to the European Commission that was based on a report we produced is having an impact!

The recommendation is about using ethology, an understanding of fish behaviour, to improve fish welfare and production. Several of our proposals that were adopted in this AAC recommendation have already been implemented by the European Commission.

Their response document shows a commitment to reviewing European directives on fish welfare and outlining measures for the European Food Safety Authority to take.

>> You may access the AAC recommendation here.
>> You may also access the European Commission response here.

(posted on Feb. 6, 2024)







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