Our understanding of fish welfare


FishEthoBase, the fish ethology database, 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.

In the understanding of FishEthoBase, fish welfare is guaranteed if a fish can live up to the potential of the species and develop its individuality. Or, in the words of the Swiss Animal Welfare Law: if the dignity of the animal, i.e. its intrinsic value is respected.

Aiming at supporting fish farmers with best advice, FishEthoBase will refrain from recommendations that might derogate fish welfare. 

In doing his best to let his fishes live up to their species’ potential and to develop their individuality, allowing space also for positive experiences including supposedly “useless” playing, a farmer is automatically minimising pain, suffering and stress.

If on the other hand a farmer concentrates his efforts on reducing pain, suffering and stress of his fishes, they will not necessarily live up to their potential.




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