Invitation to the

3rd Summer Shoal 2019
on Fish Ethology & Welfare:

Fish Lives Matter!                     Get the flyer

10-13 September 2019 · Algarve · Portugal

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. 

Note: The programme will absorb two full days from morning to evening, including ample time for exchanging experiences in small rounds, and is therefore exclusive for participants who can make sure to arrive on September 10 at dinner time and to depart not before September 13 in the morning.
To know more about the Summer Shoal, its results and its fantastic atmosphere, please have a look back into past editions:

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.



[1]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.

[2]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).

[3] Center of Marine Sciences (CCMAR) of the University of the Algarve, Faro, Portugal.


Register now to save your seat!

Registration includes:

  • Lodging 3 nights in Pedras del Rei resort in single or double studio
  • Full board (except dinner on the 11th, and except all beverage)
  • Welcome drink

Fees: 350€ double studio / 465€ single studio

Register here 


Call for abstracts / Programme:

We are looking for contributions, from academia and field, focusing on fish ethology and fish welfare in the wild and in aquaculture. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Operational Indicators of Fish Welfare: the news, the do's and the dont's
  • Behaviour in the wild as a gold standard for welfare
  • To stress or not stress about cortisol
  • Slaughter: welfare from the end point of view
  • Shelter, substrate, and environmental enrichment: welfare from the lifetime point of view
  • One Health and welfare in farmed fish
  • What about experimental and ornamental fishes?

As last year, there will be also one fisheries session. Contributions should address one of the following issues:

  • fish welfare and fisheries methods
  • fish welfare and slaughter in fisheries
  • social welfare of fishermen

Deadline for abstract submission: June 15