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The Fish Ethology* Database "FishEthoBase" is designed to collect, systematise and make available (open access) all ethological knowledge to be found on fish in the wild and in captivity, with a focus on farmed species in order to help improve fish welfare in aquaculture and avoid practices that harm fish.

* ethology = behaviour research


We invite you to contribute

The FishEthoBase is an initiative of a small association, based on the shoulders of some dedicated scientists and endowed with contributions of a few institutions which help us to proceed from species to species. Our prospects are defined in a business plan (2019-2024) with funds currently covering our costs till the end of 2019. We are looking forward with the boldness of the poor eager for knowledge.

We appreciate comments and own contributions from scientists and practitioners. We warmly welcome also any donation supporting our future work.

Please contact Thank you!


The project team

The core aim of our efforts is to ethologically describe as many farmed species as possible, in order to have a scientific basis for recommendations how to improve fish welfare in aquaculture. Read more...

Fish welfare

Our unterstanding: Fish welfare is guaranteed if a fish can live up to the potential of the species and develop its individuality. Read more...



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Supporters and cooperations

The FishEthoBase is powered by fair-fish international association • Switzerland

Furthermore, the FishEthoBase is supported by various institutions and foundations.

FishEthoBase cooperates with:



The 3rd Summer Shoal on Fish Ethology & Welfare will take place on September 10-13 in Portugal
 registration and call for abstracts

fair-fish international, CCMAR and the Fish Ethology and Welfare Group are proud to present the first edition of our Fish Welfare Course on November 11-13 in Faro.

Invitation by João Luis Saraiva

Webinar by Paolo Bray and Billo Heinzpeter Studer: Fish welfare project for Friend of the Sea (January 2019)

FishEthoBase research team to consult fish farmers and develop fish welfare criteria for "Friend of the Sea"

To point out parts unknown is an absolutely essential scientific pioneering work.
 The discovery of America

What does a fish know?  Jonathan Balcombe's book

Stakeholder dialogue April 2017:  Results