Organised by fair-fish international association1, its Fish Ethology and Welfare Group2,
and the Centro de Ciências do Mar (CCMAR)3
The topic of welfare in aquaculture and fisheries is gaining momentum. More than ever, this is the time for academia and the industry to meet, dialogue and develop solutions for the welfare problems of fish. Because fish lives matter.
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 identify joint paths to improve fish welfare.
The third edition of the Summer Shoal will once more take place in its very special format: a circle of discussion on fish welfare, under the sky, by the sea. 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 commerce, experts from animal welfare organisation and from relevant authorities. The participants will stay lodged in the resort and the concept is to have a "scientific retreat" dedicated to fish welfare.
This years' edition will take place in the Algarve in southern Portugal, in the lovely small resort Pedras d’el Rei at the Atlantic coast, half an hour by car east of the Faro airport. The meetings will be organised by the sea, in the heart of the Ria Formosa nature park and its marvellous barrier islands. Further info on the location.
The pictures on this page may give you an
impression of the resort where we will meet.
fair-fish international is a Swiss based association founded in 2010. Its main purpose is to provide the expert groundwork on fish welfare, fair-trade and sustainability in fisheries and aquaculture for campaigning organisations like fair-fish Switzerland. Its major project started in 2013 with the fish ethology database FishEthoBase, representing all scientific findings on the aquatic species farmed so far, based on which it issues recommendations for farming practice. In 2018, fair-fish international started a project to develop welfare criteria for the international certification scheme Friend of the Sea, funded by The Open Philanthropy Project.
The Fish Ethology and Welfare Group is a fair-fish spin-off, created in 2018 under the partnership between fair-fish international and the Centro de Ciéncias do Mar(CCMAR) inFaro, Portugal. This Faro based group of currently six researchers from five European countries will continue the work of the FishEthoBase, provide consulting and training services within the frame of its FISHCARE project, and conduct own experiments in the facilities of partner institutes of fair-fish international like CCMAR).