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Article about fish welfare certification and guidelines in 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. Good communication is fundamental to effectively reach our goals! So, publishing articles in magazines or newspapers may also be part of our actions.

Last month, Joao L. Saraiva and Pablo Arechavala Lopez co-authored an article about guidelines and certifications of fish welfare in aquaculture, together with Morris Villarroel from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). The article was pulished in The Conversation, the world’s leading publisher of research-based news and analysis!

It was a great opportunity to spread the word and share knowledge about farmed fishes that are relevant to improve their welfare conditions in a practical way.

If you are interested, the article is free and may be accessed at the publisher page here.

(posted on Oct. 2, 2023)

Our participation at European Aquaculture Society Conference!

Disseminating scientific-based knowledge is one of our activities to help improving the welfare of farmed fishes and other aquatic animals in a practical way. Thus, 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.

As part of this, our team had a significant participation at the European Aquaculture Society (EAS) Conference last week, in Vienna, Austria. Joao L. Saraiva opened the fish welfare session talking about 'Climate change & welfare of farmed fish', and gave a presentation about rainbow trout welfare at slaughter. María J. Cabrera-Álvarez, Pablo Arechavala-Lopez and Esther Hoyo Alvarez also participated, giving presentations about the welfare of seabream and european seabass during slaughter and the welfare of european seabass reared in experimental sea cages.

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

(posted on Sept. 25, 2023)

Challenges we face everyday

FishEthoGroup is a team of motivated professionals focused on improving fish welfare based on their behaviours.

In this amazing video from Deep Sea Reporter, Joao L. Saraiva talks about our work, pointing out the challenges we face everyday, both on fisheries and aquaculture conditions. Much more research is urgently needed to better base our actions to improve fish welfare. As João says, we believe in science to be the driver of change!

If you are interested, watch the full video here.

(posted on Sept. 19, 2023)

New podcast episodes at our fair-fish database programme!

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

We just released new episodes of this programme at our podcast! This time the episodes are focused on rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), striped bass (Morone saxatilis) and silver barb (Barbonymus gonionotus).

If you are interested, please click here to listen to the new episodes (series 16).

(posted on Sept. 14, 2023)

Participation in a Conference in China!

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, Joao L. Saraiva participated as a keynote speaker at a Conference in China about research and practice of aquatic animal welfare, hosted by Zhejiang University last July. He gave the presentation 'Fish welfare: fundamentals and applications', by talking about the scientific basis of fish welfare and how to improve it.

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

(posted on Sept. 11, 2023)

Interview by the Portuguese news tvi!

Scientific dissemination is an important part of our activities to help improving the welfare of farmed fishes and other aquatic species in a practical way. Media coverage is always a great opportunity to spread the word and share knowledge about fish behavior and welfare for the public.

In this sense, Joao L. Saraiva was interviewed by the Portuguese news tvi about the impact of higher temperatures caused by climate changes on the conditions and production of Gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata) and European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax). If you are interested, access the link here and watch the video.

(posted on Sept. 5, 2023)

Participation in the Behaviour 2023 Conference!

Disseminating scientific-based knowledge is one of our activities to help improving the welfare of farmed fishes and other aquatic animals in a practical way. Good communication is fundamental to effectively reach our goals. Thus, making presentations at scientific events is an important part of our activities to spread the word and share knowledge about fish behaviour and welfare.

As part of this, last week María J. Cabrera-Álvarez participated of the Behaviour 2023 Conference in Bielefeld, Germany. She presented a talk at the symposium 'More than a feeling: what behaviour can tell us about animal welfare', which was about behavioural and physiological effects of environmental enrichment in seabream broodstock. She also presented the talk 'welfare assessment of farmed aquatic species using the fair-fish database'.

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

(posted on Aug. 21, 2023)

New podcast episode about fish suffering!

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.

This week we released the fourth episode of this podcast programme, which ends the current series about fish suffering. Did you know that, as humans, fishes not only feel pain, but are also capable of getting stressed and feeling anxiety and even fear? And these can be important sources of fish suffering as well. The new episode is focused on this topic, bringing relevant scientific evidence about fish pain.

The Fish Mind programme results from a collaboration with Centro de Aquicultura da Unesp (Caunesp) - Jaboticabal, Brazil.

If you are interested, please click here to access our podcast page and listen to this new episode

(posted on Aug. 17, 2023)

Participation of a seminar in China!

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, Joao L. Saraiva recently participated of a seminar in China, at the invitation of Zhejiang University. He talked about fish welfare by giving the presentation 'Mind the fish minds: an integrative approach in to fish welfare'.

It was an excelent and fruitful opportunity to share our ideas and exchange important knowledge!

(posted on Aug. 16, 2023)

Portuguese episodes of our Podcast Fish Talk!

As part of our activities, we develop scientific dissemination actions to spread the word and share knowledge about fishes and other aquatic species that are relevant to assess and improve their welfare conditions. We believe that scientific dissemination is as important as any other of our actions to reach our goals.

Taking this into account, we have our own podcast, the Fish Talk. And we are happy to announce that we started releasing Portuguese versions of the English episodes of The Fish Mind programme. This podcast programme 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.

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

(posted on Aug. 8, 2023)

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, many of them quite similar with mammals or even humans. For instance, contrary to the popular belief that a fish’s memory only lasts a few seconds, scientific research has shown that fishes have a good long-term memory, which can last even for several months.

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 cognitive abilities, bringing some important scientific evidence about these themes

If you would like to see the new post in full, 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 (Caunesp) - Brazil.

(posted on July 31, 2023)

Article about fish slaughter published in a brazilian magazine!

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. Good communication is fundamental to effectively reach our goals. Thus, publishing articles in magazines of the aquaculture sector may also be part of our actions.

Recently, Caroline Marques Maia co-authored a very complete article about humane slaughter of fishes together with Leonardo Barcellos, Ana Silvia Pedrazzani and Daniel Santiago Rucinque. The article was pulished in Panorama da Aquicultura, which is the brazilian magazine with the greatest reach in the aquaculture sector in Brazil.

It was a great opportunity to spread the word and share knowledge about farmed fishes that are relevant to improve their welfare conditions in a practical way.

If you are interested, the article may be accessed at the magazine page here.

(posted on July 26, 2023)

New podcast episode about fish suffering!

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.

This week we released the third episode of this podcast programme, which is part of a series about fish suffering. Did you know that, as humans, fishes learn to avoid painful stimuli? They even choose to receive painkillers when they have this oportunity in a painful situation. This new podcast episode is focused on this topic, bringing more relevant scientific evidence about fish pain.

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

(posted on July 18, 2023)

Subject about scientific dissemination of fish welfare!

Making presentations at congresses, courses and other scientific events is an important part of our activities to spread the word and share knowledge about fish behaviour and welfare.

As part of this, in collaboration with prof. Eliane Gonçalves de Freitas, Caroline Marques Maia is teaching a subject about scientific dissemination of fish welfare in the aquaculture postgraduate course of the Centro de Aquicultura da Unesp (Caunesp) - Jaboticabal (Brazil). The subject is taught to master's and doctoral students from different regions of Brazil. It is a great opportunity to share our ideas and exchange knowledge!

We believe that disseminating scientific-based knowledge in actions like this is an important activity to help improving the welfare of farmed fishes and other aquatic animals in a practical way.

(posted on July 13, 2023)

RichFISH 2.0

Our team has been involved in many areas of the aquaculture sector over the years. We use that expertise to promote the welfare of fish through many initiatives, which are based on four pillars: Consultancy, Advanced Trainning, Public Dissemination of Knowledge and, of course, Scientific Research. Thus, we also develop and collaborate on experiments focused on the behavior and welfare of farmed fishes.

Our project about environmental enrichment on seabream (RichFISH 2.0) is part of this. It is a doctorate programme aiming to assess and improve the welfare status of Gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata) reared under intensive conditions at the different phases of the whole aquaculture process (broodstocks, hatchery and nursery, and on-growing phases) through a multidisciplinary approach.

(posted on July 4, 2023)







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