FishEthoBaseby fair-fish International

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


New species profile: Barbonymus schwanenfeldii: Barbonymus schwanenfeldii, the Tinfoil barb, is the latest species added to the FishEthoBase. Besides living in fresh water in a benthopelagic manner, not much is known about the natural needs and behaviour. Given that it originates in the Mekong and Chao Praya basins and has since been introduced [ ... ] → read more

The Mission

For us, behaviour is the most important indicator of the welfare state of an individual. By describing the behaviour of aquatic animals in the wild and in captivity, we aim to assess the species’ potential on the welfare continuum.

Because we rely on scientific sources, this gives us the reliable, valid, and objective basis for recommendations on how to avoid harm and how to improve welfare.

The goal is to bridge the gap between science and the stakeholders in the aquaculture and fisheries sector: producers, fishing people, certifiers, retailers, NGOs, policy makers, and consumers.

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The Cooperations

The Team

The FishEthoBase is a project launched by fair-fish international, commissioned to FishEthoGroup in 2020.

fair-fish international is an NGO aiming at increasing welfare of aquatic animals in captivity and decreasing stress during catching, applying fair trade with fishermen and –women, and protecting the environment.

The FishEthoGroup is an NGO and the scientific spin-off of fair-fish international, providing the content of the FishEthoBase but also doing own research, welfare consultancy to fish farmers and stakeholders, tailored courses and multidisciplinary events on fish welfare as well as dissemination.

We are dedicated to the mission and always eager to learn.

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