We develop science-based solutions to assess and improve the welfare of captive and wild-caught fish. In our approach, we apply a strong background in aquaculture and ethology (see Who we are) to address the welfare of fish. We use state-of-the-art knowledge on the behavior of a species to understand how its welfare is affected under farming conditions and what we can do to promote it.
Our actions are based on the premise that behaviour is the first and foremost indicator of the welfare state of an animal. The application of scientific principles on the evaluation and improvement of welfare in fish farming through ethological measures ensures robust, objective and unbiased results (see What we do).
Only by integrating knowledge on the natural behaviour and biology of a fish species with the technical information on the rearing systems and operational procedures in aquaculture can we pinpoint the key aspects affecting the welfare of farmed fish, and how to improve their quality of life. We strongly believe that striving for the welfare of fish serves not only an ethical imperative but also carries benefits along the whole value chain: A better life for fish means a better food product in the Market.
Besides scientific knowledge and technical information, communication with aquaculture stakeholders is fundamental to effectively improve fish welfare. Thus, to achieve our goals, we base our activities on 4 pillars: