The research arm of fair-fish

We were looking for a university connection for our research related work in order to secure it in the long term. In summer 2018, we agreed to a collaboration with the Marine Research Institute Centro do Ciéncias do Mar (CCMAR) at the Universidade do Algarve in Faro, Portugal. Our research group was given a seat there and including access to a large network, while fair-fish guarantees funding and the continuation of the chosen path.

For practical reasons, we then spun off the research group as an independent unit. Thus, at the beginning of 2019, the Fish Ethology and Welfare Group (in short: FishEthoGroup) came into being as an association under Portuguese law. At the same time, the leadership of the group passed from Billo Heinzpeter Studer to Dr João Luis Saraiva, who was already working at CCMAR. His team currently includes: Dr Jenny Volstorf, Berlin (chief editor FishEthoBase); Dr Pablo Arechavala-Lopez, Mallorca, Dr Maria Cabrera Alvarez, Faro; Dr Caroline Marques Maia, Brazil; Sebastian Scholz, Chemnitz (database and webmaster); Carlos Lemos (finance) and Billo Heinzpeter Studer, Italy (guarantor).

Experiments in fish welfare

The FishEthoGroup works on the FishEthoBase, helps to find solutions in practice (Carefish) and conducts its own experiments to answer open questions in research, such as:    

  • Tank cover and fish welfare for tilapia
  • Species-appropriate environmental enrichment and fish welfare
  • Measurement of fish welfare through accoustical tracking
  • and more

Measurement of acceleration in the swimming tunnel using transmitters