The fair-fish database, formerly known as FishEthoBase, is designed to collect, systematise, and make available (open access) all ethological 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  2023-09-08

Update: Penaeus vannamei and new names coined: Penaeus vannamei (Whiteleg shrimp) is another one of the very early profiles that we launched in the database. In the update we now published, we incorporated more and also more recent literature that changed the scoring in 5 of the 10 criteria. Given great care and ideal conditions, P. vannamei [ ... ] → 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 fair-fish database 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 a non-profit institution dedicated to research and improve the welfare of aquatic animals. Its role in the fair-fish database is to provide content for the species profiles. In addition to basic and applied research on fish welfare, FishEthoGroup provides consultancy and training for private and institutional stakeholders in the aquaculture sector.

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