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.
Associate Professor, Macquarie University, Australia
Fish cognition and the implications for welfare
Culum is one of the top international experts in cognition, intelligence and behaviour of fishes. For years he has studied the behavioural ecology of fishes with a special interest in learning and memory. Culum's academic path crossed through Melbourne University, University of Queensland and Cambridge University where he worked on social learning in a range of fishes. A further post-doc at the University of Edinburgh, expanded on his background in learning by examining the ecological correlates of cognition in Poeciliid fishes. This work was conducted in collaboration with the Smithsonian Research Institute in Panama.
In 2006 he moved to Macquarie University on an Australian Research Fellowship. Culum won a young researcher award from Australian Academy of Science in 2007 and Young Tall Poppy Award in 2008. He is now an Associate Professor at Macquarie Uni. Culum is Editor for the journal Animal Behaviour, Assistant Editor of the Journal of Fish Biology and the editor of a book entitled Fish Cognition and Behavior, published by Blackwell Scientific (2006, 2011). Apart from an exceptional scientific record, Culum is a brilliant speaker that will surely delight the audience with his insights into the minds of fish.
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.
This years' Summer Shoal is organised by fair-fish international association, its Fish Ethology and Welfare Group, and the Centro de Ciências do Mar.
To know more about the Summer Shoal, its results and its fantastic atmosphere, please have a look back into past editions: