The Summer Shoal on Fish Ethology and Welfare is a different kind of scientific gathering: a circle of discussion on fish welfare, under the sky, by the sea, with no technological aids (no powerpoints, no computers, no screens). All the communications are printed in a book that is delivered to each participant upon arrival. As stakeholder dialogue is one of our basic principles, this event is exclusive to 40 participants to allow all sitting in one big circle in the open air in order to stimulate the exchange of knowledge and ideas among scientists, professionals from industry and retail, animal welfare organisations, and decision makers.
The participants stay lodged in the resort, and the concept is to have a "scientific retreat" dedicated to fish welfare. The whole event is recorded on video and later publicly available. On its way to its 4th edition, this annual meeting is a highlight of the year both for the participants and the organisers - the FishEthoGroup.
Fish welfare is growing to be an essential topic in present day aquaculture, fisheries, and academia.The promotion of best practices towards good welfare must rely on a) solid scientific knowledge of the biology of fish species and b) appropriate design and use of technical solutions. We organize annual editions of a Fish Welfare Course, where top international experts in their fields lecture each module, highlighting the most recent scientific information related to fish welfare. Basically, each course is an intensive training programme during a few days. This year, the course edition covered: