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Fish Ethology and Welfare

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FishEthoGroup
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We conduct research on ethology and welfare of aquatic animals. Other activities include developing an open-access database on the welfare of farmed fish, providing consultancy services for fish farms and organizing training actions at scientific and industry levels.

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The Fish Ethology and Welfare Group develops its activity in 4 main pillars:

  • Fundamental research on the ethology and welfare of aquatic animals (namely fish), including not only proximate mechanisms underlying behaviour such as endocrinology, neurobiology and transcriptomics, but also ultimate mechanisms such as ecology, evolution, adaptation and selection (see publications);
  • An open-access database on welfare of farmed aquatic animals, reviewing essential welfare criteria for all aquatic animal species currently farmed worldwide (see FishEthoBase);
  • Consultancy for fish farms with the aim of establishing welfare standards for aquaculture (see the CAREFISH project);

The Fish Ethology and Welfare Group stems from a collaboration between the Swiss NGO fair-fish International and CCMAR. Fair-fish has been involved in campaigning, research and consultancy in welfare in fisheries and fish farming since 1997, and currently provides the funding for the personnel involved in the group. CCMAR became the institutional host of the research team in October 2018.

 

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Pablo Arechavala-López (IMEDEA/CSIC, Spain)
Jenny Volstorf
Sebastian Scholz
Billo Heinzpeter-Studer
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Publications
Selected Publications 
Saraiva JL, Castanheira MFilipa, Arechavala-López PA, Volstorf J, Studer BHeinzpeter. Domestication and Welfare in Farmed Fish. In: Animal Domestication. Animal Domestication. ; 2018. doi:10.5772/intechopen.77251
Saraiva JL, Arechavala-López PA, Castanheira MF, Volstorf J, Studer BHeinzpeter. A Global Assessment of Welfare in Farmed Fishes: The Fishethobase. Fishes. 2019. doi:10.3390/fishes4020030
Arechavala-López PA, Saraiva JL. Welfare Of Cultured And Experimental Fishes. Basel, Switzerland: MDPI; 2019. doi:10.3390/books978-3-03921-711-3
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Arechavala-López PA, Nazzaro-Alvarez J, Jardí-Pons A, et al. Linking stocking densities and feeding strategies with social and individual stress responses on gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata). Physiology & Behavior. 2020;213. doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2019.112723
Baduy F, Saraiva JL, Ribeiro F, Canario AVM, Guerreiro PM. Distribution and Risk Assessment of Potential Invasiveness of Australoheros facetus (Jenyns, 1842) in Portugal. Fishes. 2020;5(1). doi:10.3390/fishes5010003
Candela MGimenez, Saraiva JL, Bauer H. The legal protection of farmed fish in Europe – analysing the range of EU legislation and the impact of international animal welfare standards for the fishes in European aquaculture. dA. Derecho Animal (Forum of Animal Law Studies). 2020;11(1). doi:10.5565/rev/da.460
Follana-Berná G, Palmer M, Lekanda-Guarrotxena A, Grau A, Arechavala-Lopez P. Fish density estimation using unbaited cameras: Accounting for environmental-dependent detectability. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 2020;527. doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2020.151376
Arechavala-López PA, Diaz-Gil C, Saraiva JL, et al. Effects of structural environmental enrichment on welfare of juvenile seabream (Sparus aurata). Aquaculture Reports. 2019;15. doi:10.1016/j.aqrep.2019.100224
Saraiva JL. Fish Lives Matter! Science-based evidence and directions for humane fish farming. 2019.
Saraiva JL, Arechavala-Lopez P. Welfare of Fish—No Longer the Elephant in the Room. Fishes. 2019;4:39–0. doi:10.3390/fishes4030039
Arechavala-López PA, Saraiva JL. Welfare Of Cultured And Experimental Fishes. Basel, Switzerland: MDPI; 2019. doi:10.3390/books978-3-03921-711-3
Höglund E, Moltesen M, Castanheira MF, et al. Contrasting neurochemical and behavioural profiles reflects stress coping styles but not stress responsiveness in farmed gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata). Physiology and Behavior. 2019. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physbeh.2019.112759
Oliveira C, McStay E, Cabrita E, et al. Investigating the kisspeptin system in the hermaphrodite teleost gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata). Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part A, Molecular & integrative physiology. 2019. doi:10.1016/j.cbpa.2019.110624
Saraiva JL, Arechavala-López PA, Castanheira MF, Volstorf J, Studer BHeinzpeter. A Global Assessment of Welfare in Farmed Fishes: The Fishethobase. Fishes. 2019. doi:10.3390/fishes4020030
Saraiva JL, Castanheira MF, Arechavala-López PA, Bray P, Studer BHeinzpeter. The CAREFISH project: establishing scientific welfare standards in fish farming certification. 2018.
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Events
Type of Event 
Seminar
Pablo Arechavala-Lopez will talk about environmental enrichment that is considered a potential tool to improve or promote fish welfare in captive animals.
November 14, 2019
at 
Anfiteatro B | Complexo Pedagógico I Gambelas Campus
Type of Event 
Scientific Gathering
The 3rd Summer Shoal on Fish Ethology and Welfare aims to a meeting point of stakeholders in the "fish world", and once more integrate perspectives often perceived as antagonistic, in order to...
September 10, 2019 to September 13, 2019
at 
Ria Formosa
Type of Event 
Seminar
Next week, November 8nd, at 1:30 pm on Amph. 1.8 (bd8).
November 8, 2017
at 
Anf.1.8 ( bd 8) - Gambelas Campus UAlg
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News 
João Saraiva is going to re-join CCMAR, leading a new research group focused in Ethology and Welfare. Welcome back João!
RESEARCH TREND ALERT: Now that eco-concerns have pushed the agenda towards sustainable aquaculture, it is time to address welfare in fish farming.
CCMAR researcher, João Saraiva, represented his work at European Maritime Day 2019.
The third edition of the Summer Shoal, dedicate to fish welfare, was organized for the first time in Portugal and was a huge success.
Fish Ethology and Welfare group, from the Centre for Marine Sciences (CCMAR) organized last November a unique fish welfare course, attended by some renowned international researchers in this area.
A new book entitled “Welfare of Cultured and Experimental Fishes” was recently edited by João L. Saraiva and Pablo Arechavala-Lopez, researchers from the Center for Marine Sciences (CCMAR) . Fish welfare is a recent field , but...