The fair-fish database, formerly known as FishEthoBase, is designed to collect, systematise, and make available (open access) all welfare-related knowledge to be found on food fishes in the wild, in captivity, and during catching in order to help improve fish welfare and avoid practices that harm fishes.
News  2024-04-18

New WelfareCheck | farm: Micropterus salmoides: This freshwater Largemouth bass is essential for aquaculture in China. Besides aggregation density and reproduction needs that may be met under some circumstances, many other needs or features are not satisfied or speak against keeping it even in the high-standard conditions of today. Find out more. → 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

Douglas Waley (Senior Programme Leader Aquatic Animals at Eurogroup for Animals)

«The fair-fish database provides us with a quick and easy reference point for the current state of species-specific knowledge in aquatic animal welfare, and it's a reference point where we immediately have consensus with producers and other stakeholder groups.»

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The Team

The fair-fish database is a project launched and managed by fair-fish, under cooperation with FishEthoGroup.

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

FishEthoGroup is a non-profit institution dedicated to research and improving the welfare of aquatic animals. Its role in the fair-fish database is to provide content for the species profiles as well as collaborating in the discussions on the development and structure of the database. 

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Get in touch. For questions about the fair-fish database, suggestions for species or other queries, drop us a line.