FishEthoBaseby fair-fish International

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.

Billo Heinzpeter Studer

Founder, Director (2012-2020) & Guarantor

Born 1947, Billo is a Swiss social psychologist and author living in Cividale del Friuli, Italy.

From 1985 till 2001, he directed the Swiss farm animal welfare organisation Initiated in 1997 and directed its Swiss office till 2012 and its fishery project in Senegal from 2004 till 2010.

Founder and president of fair-fish international since 2010. Founder of the which he directed from 2013 till 2018. Co-founder and guarantor of the FishEthoGroup. His latest books, published in German in 2020 and in English in 2021, are about the fair-fish story and about fish welfare in aquaculture.

Cividale del Friuli, Italy English, French, German & Italian
billo@.. billohps @fish_fair

Jenny Volstorf

Director & Editor-in-chief since 2020, Researcher & Reviewer since 2013

Jenny is part of the team behind FishEthoBase, as of 2020 as the director as well as researcher, reviewer, and editor-in-chief. A studied psychologist (Chemnitz, Germany) and trained at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Berlin, Germany) in her first life, she joined Billo Studer in setting up the FishEthoBase in 2013. Since then, she has invested her time in creating and editing species profiles.

Her aim is to increase welfare of species in captivity by providing knowledge on needs and natural conditions, also if that means to discover that a species is not suitable for farming. Ideally, FishEthoBase will assist in ending overfishing and reduce the number of farmed species to a minimum for which highest welfare standards may be achieved.

Berlin, Germany English & German

Caroline Marques Maia

Researcher since 2020 and Reviewer since 2022

Caroline is a biologist specialised in animal behavior and welfare. She did a MSc and a PhD in Zoology at Unesp University (Brazil) by investigating choices, preferences, and motivations of fish species. Part of her PhD was developed at Pennsylvania State University (USA).

In 2016, together with Gilson Volpato, Caroline proposed the Preference Index to evaluate animal preference responses, including fishes, in a more reliable way. She also graduated as a specialist in scientific journalism and mantains a blog about animal behaviour and welfare. Living in Brazil, she works as an independent researcher and is interested in fish preference and motivation to access environmental resources and how to use this to improve the welfare of these animals.

Caroline is part of the team behind FishEthoBase since November 2020, creating and updating fish profiles. She also collaborates with other team members on scientific research and dissemination.

Botucatu (Sao Paulo state), Brazil English
carol@.. carolmm_luzi Caroline Marques Maia

João L. Saraiva

Researcher since 2016

João is a fish ethologist with a special interest in welfare. He is currently leading the Fish Ethology and Welfare Group at CCMAR and is the president of the FishEthoGroup Association. With a background on behaviour and communication in teleosts, João now focuses on the application of fundamental science to improve the welfare of farmed fishes. He is the author of many scientific papers and co-editor of a book on welfare of cultured and experimental fishes. Along with his scientific production, João is also part of the team behind FishEthoBase, an open access database on welfare of farmed fish species. He is an invited assistant professor of Ethology at the University of Algarve.

João works also as a consultant for the European Commission and other private stakeholders and is part of the team responsible for the CAREFISH project - establishment of fish welfare requirements in the Friend Of the Sea certification scheme.

Faro, Portugal English & Portuguese

María J. Cabrera-Álvarez

Researcher since 2020

María is a biologist with a specialty in fish behaviour and neuroscience. She did a MSc in Animal Behaviour and Neuroscience at Utrecht University (The Netherlands), a PhD in Fish Social Behaviour and Neuroscience at McGill University (Canada), and worked at a Comparative Cognition laboratory at University of Cambridge (UK).

María is interested in the underlying mechanisms of animal cognition and social behaviour and in how we can use this information to improve the life and welfare of farmed fishes. She joined the FishEthoGroup team and the Fish Ethology and Welfare Group at CCMAR in September 2020. She is part of the team behind FishEthoBase, where she is responsible for creating and updating fish profiles. María also collaborates with other team members in behavioural and physiological research on farmed fish species and participates in the organisation of FishEthoGroup events.

Faro, Portugal English, Spanish & Portuguese

Pablo Arechavala-Lopez

Reviewer since 2016

Pablo is a multidisciplinary ichthyologist, specialised in fish behaviour, ecology, and welfare of farmed and wild marine fishes. He has studied the behaviour of farm-aggregated and escaped fishes and their possible effects on the marine environment with a view to improving the sustainability of aquaculture and fisheries.

Today, as part of FishEthoGroup and researcher at the Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Studies (IMEDEA-CSIC), he is focused on developing diverse strategies to ensure a more sustainable and responsible aquaculture activity by investigating and validating behavioural indicators of fish welfare, developing operational tools to monitor fish welfare at farms, assessing the effects of environmental enrichment on farmed fish species or rising welfare management plans at commercial and global scale, among others. Along with his scientific production, he also participates in fish welfare training, experimentation, and consultancy.

Palma de Mallorca, Spain English & Spanish
pablo@.. pablo.arechavala

Sebastian Scholz

Admin/Webmaster since 2016

Sebastian is the web designer, programmer, admin, and hoster of the FishEthoBase website.

He studied sociology, applied computer science, and European history in Chemnitz (Germany) and in Växjö (Sweden). As part of the team of the "Fahrradkino Chemnitz" (bicycle cinema), Sebastian tries to show people the value of electric power in an entertaining way. He is also a programmer/developer of driving simulators and a photographer.

As a freelancer, he has been taking care of the FishEthoBase and the websites of FishEthoGroup, fair-fish Switzerland & International since 2016.

Chemnitz, Germany English & German

Maria Filipa Castanheira

Former Researcher (2016-2021)

Born in 1978, Bsc in Marine Biology and Biotechnology, MSc in Aquaculture and Fisheries specialised in Aquaculture, PhD in Biological Sciences specialised in Marine Biology. Lives in Vienna, Austria and is interested in farmed fish welfare particularly studying how to ensure good welfare practises in aquaculture industry, by setting up Codes of Practice for responsible aquaculture that take fish welfare into account and improves the industry sustainability.

Austria English & Portuguese

Ana Roque

Former Researcher (2014-2015) No information available.
Spain English & Portuguese

Tanya Slosberg

Former Researcher (2015-2016) No information available.
Switzerland English

Kerstin Glaus

Former Reviewer (2015-2018) No information available.
Switzerland German

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