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Fish Welfare Online Course

Segunda, 1 Fevereiro, 2021 a Quinta, 4 Fevereiro, 2021
Descrição do Curso 

The welfare of fish is growing to be an essential topic in present day aquaculture, fisheries, and academia. The promotion of best practices towards good welfare must rely on a) solid scientific knowledge of the biology of fish and b) appropriate design and use of technical solutions. We are proud to present the second edition of our Fish Welfare Course, where once again top international experts in their fields will lecture each module. This second edition of the course will be held online, and the intensive 4-day training programme will cover:

  • Sentience, pain, and mental aspects of fish welfare
  • Physiology of stress and sensory systems in fish
  • Applied biology and fish welfare
  • Operational welfare indicators and improvement tools
  • Policy, law, and welfare certification

The course will be lectured online, and the speakers were carefully slected to be the top international experts in their field. Each lecturerer will be free to organise their subject as they deem appropriate, considering the audience and contents in their field of expertise. There will be a focus on practical application of the knowledge acquired during the course, either by thought exercises, problem solving or case-studies. 


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Participants are expected to have at least some background in fish science, aquaculture, fisheries or related disciplines.


DAY 1: Monday, 1st February 2021

8:30-9:00 – Welcoming and Instructions for online-course

9:00-10:00 - Lynne Sneddon (UK). Sentience and pain. Where are we now?

10:00-11:00 - Leonor Galhardo (PT). Cognition and mental aspect of welfare

11:00-12:00 – One hour break

12:00-13:00 - Marco Vindas (NO). Brain, neural function and welfare

13:00-14:00 - Lluis Tort (SP). Neuro-immuno-endocrinology of stressed fish and welfare

14:00-15:00 - One hour break
15:00-16:00 - Peter Hubbard (PT). Sensory mechanisms & Electrophysiology

16:00-17:00 - Pedro Guerreiro (PT). Methods to assess physiological stress

DAY 2: Tuesday, 2nd February 2021


9:00-10:00 - João Saraiva (PT). Applied ethology and welfare (1H)

10:00-11:00 – Fco. Javier Sánchez Vázquez(SP). Chronobiology and fish welfare
11:00-12:00 – One hour break

12:00-13:00 - Marie Laure Begout (FR). Assessing behaviour and welfare of farmed fish
13:00-14:00 - Neil Duncan (SP) Fish reproduction and breeding programs

14:00-15:00 - One hour break

15:00-16:00 - Cláudia Aragão (PT). Fish nutrition, health and welfare

16:00-17:00 - Francesc Padrós (SP). Fish pathology and welfare

DAY 3: Wednesday, 3rd February 2021


9:00-10:00 - Juan Miguel Mancera (SP). Anesthesia, euthanasia, relaxation in fish
10:00-11:00 - Jeff Lines (UK). Stunning and Slaughtering
11:00-12:00 – One hour break


12:00-13:00 - Pablo Arechavala-Lopez (PT). Environmental enrichment and welfare
13:00-14:00 - Martin Føre (NO). Precision fish farming

14:00-15:00 - One hour break

15:00-16:00 - Chris Noble or Jelena Kolarevic (NO). OWIs on salmonids

16:00-17:00 - Tommasso Petochi (IT). OWIs on non-salmonids

DAY 4: Thursday, 4th February 2021


9:00-10:00 – M. Filipa Castanheira (PT). Certification and evaluation of welfare
10:00-11:00 - Ana Roque (SP). European legislation on welfare of fish experimentation

11:00-12:00 – One hour break

12:00-13:00 - Marita Giménez-Candela (SP). Animal law and fish welfare (1H)

13:00-14:00- Wrap up + FAQs about the course (i.e. practical exercises)

Note: After theorical part (talks), each attendance must complete some practical exercises (e.g. questionnaire) to demonstrate the knowledge acquired during the course and to be evaluated by the organizing comitee. This practical part will take about 8 hours (20 mins from each talk) and can be accomplished during the following weeks after the course.



Participants are expected to have at least some background in fish science, aquaculture, fisheries or related disciplines.
Organização científica 

Lynne Sneddon

Gothenburg University, Sweden
Lynne Sneddon B.Sc. (Hons) Ph.D, Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, obtained her Ph.D at Glasgow University studying animal behaviour, physiology and neurobiology. After a postdoctoral position studying weakly electric fish Lynne moved to the Roslin Institute where she began characterising nociceptors in fish for the first time with Dr Mike Gentle. Lynne moved to the University of Liverpool in 2002 on a fellowship where she has used an integrative approach to understand mechanisms of behaviour and specialises in addressing question in fish...

Leonor Galhardo

ISPA-Instituto Universitário, Portugal
Leonor Galhardo has a PhD in Animal Science (University of Oporto), in the scope of which she developed research on fish psychological stress and welfare assessment. She has also a MSc. in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare (Edinburgh University). She developed her professional activities working for the veterinary authorities and international NGOs mainly in the scope of wild animal welfare topics. However, her focus has always been education, for which she developed a post-graduate course on animal welfare (ISPA-IU) and lectured in numerous animal welfare-related courses. She is...

Marco Vindas

NMBU, Norway
Marco Vindas is a behavioral neurobiologist originally from Costa Rica but living in Norway. His research is aimed at understanding the role of specific brain areas and signaling molecules in the regulation of behavioral outputs (e.g. cognition, learning) in fish.

Lluis Tort

Universidad Autononoma Barcelona, Spain
Full Professor in Physiology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Dpt. of Cell Biology, Physiology and Immunology. Ph.D. in Biology at UAB (Barcelona), postdoc positions at the Univ. of Bristol (UK) and Aberdeen Univ. (Scotland, UK). Specialist in fish physiology and comparative physiology, and current research interests in the area of Fish stress and immune response. Health and welfare in fish. Leader of a Research group (AQUAB-FISH lab) of 8 scientists, including local and international researchers (currently from Portugal, Chile, Iran and China).

Francisco Javier Sanchez-Vazquez

Universityty of Murcia, Spain
F.J. Sánchez-Vázquez leads a research lab on fish chronobiology, with special focus on fish feeding, reproduction, early development and welfare. We investigate both basic scientific aspects of the molecular clock and environmental synchronizers, and the applications of biological rhythms to the aquaculture industry. Dr. Sánchez-Vázquez is a full Professor of Animal Physiology at Murcia University since 2011. He has supervised 17 PhD Thesis and participated in more than 40 research projects (national and international, with public and private funding), publishing over 160 articles in...

Marie-Laure Bégout

Dr. Marie-Laure Bégout (F) is a senior Scientist in the field of behavioural ecology of fishes, welfare and adaptation. She has a MSc, PhD in biological oceanography, HDR; author of >80 publications ( ), H-index 27. She is a full time senior researcher working at Ifremer since 20 years. She has directed and co-directed 9 PhD, 4 post-doc fellows, 13 MSc. She has a long record of participation in EU projects and national project coordination or WP leadership. She has participated and lead WPs in EU or transnational research programs on fish welfare (e.g...

Neil Duncan

IRTA, Spain
Neil Duncan enjoys working in applied research in the control of fish reproduction and culture. Neil has a Bsc in Marine Biology and Oceanography from Bangor University and PhD in Aquaculture from Stirling University. His main interest is in studies to produce the quality and quantity of fish eggs required for a commercial hatchery, ensuring that families are produced with the traits required for a breeding program. In addition, he has worked with improving larval rearing and juvenile on-growing. Neil has worked in Spain, México and Scotland with a wide range of European and Latin American...
My scientific research focus on fish nutrition applied to aquaculture. Fishmeal replacement strategies focusing on the use of alternative and sustainable ingredients, the importance of micronutrients in low-fishmeal diets, the physiological importance of some amino acids and the links between nutrition and minimization of stress effects are some of the main topics of my current research activity.

Francesc Padrós

Universidad Autonoma Barcelona, Spain
Francesc Padrós is a veterinarian specialised in aquatic animal health. Francesc is the technical manager of the Fish Diseases Diagnostic Service and associated professor at the Facultat de Veterinària of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Hi is teaching fish health-related subjects at the veterinary medicine degree and at the master in Aquaculture. He was also coordinator of the PhD program in Aquaculture. He is specialised in finfish diseases diagnostic and in fish health and welfare management. Former meetings secretary at the EAFP, he is also a member of the board of the ECAAH (...

Juan Miguel Mancera

University of Cádiz
Dr. Juan Miguel Mancera is Full Professor of Zooology (Department of Biology at Faculty of Marine and Environmental Sciences, University of Cádiz). Actually, he is the President of the Spanish Aquaculture Society (SEA). Dr. Mancera has a background in physiology applied to aquaculture and he has extensive experience in field trial planning and execution, and he works in aspect related to osmoregulation, metabolism, stress and welfare of farmed species. He has worked with different species of teleosts: sea bream, sole, meagre, sole, etc., addressing aspects both from a basic perspective and...

Jeffrey Lines

Silsoe Research, UK
Jeff Lines trained in physics and engineering and now runs an engineering consultancy specialising in the improving the welfare of farmed animals at slaughter. He was formerly a principle scientist at the UK Research Institute for Agricultural Engineering (SRI). Current research areas include new developments to improve halal slaughter options for cows and chickens in addition to a long-term contract to design new and improved commercial fish stunning systems for Ace Aquatec Ltd. Jeff is an honorary visiting fellow with the University of Bristol Vet School and collaborates closely with...

Pablo Arechavala-Lopez

Fishethogroup, CCMAR, Portugal
Dr. Pablo Arechavala-Lopez is a marine biologist and ichthyologist with a multidisciplinary scientific production and strong background on fish ecology and ethology. He has studied the behaviour of fish escaped from farms and their possible effects on the marine environment with a view to improving the sustainable aquaculture management. Today, as part of the Fish Ethology and Welfare Group at CCMAR and FishEthoGroup Association, he is focused on developing diverse strategies to ensure a more responsible aquaculture activity, such as investigating the effects of environmental enrichment on...

Martin Føre

NTNU, Norway
Martin works as an Associate Professor at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics, NTNU, and is associated with a research group called Ocean Bio Cybernetics, that focuses on applying cybernetic methods (e.g. modelling, instrumentation) on biological processes in the aquatic environment. In 2011, he took a PhD in cybernetics with a focus on technological research for modelling and observing farmed fish. During his PhD, he also worked as a scientist in SINTEF until 2019. At SINTEF he participated in several research projects along the same lines as his PhD, including the work on developing...

Chris Noble

Nofima, Norway
Chris Noble did his bachelor’s in marine biology at the University of Liverpool before undertaking a PhD in farmed Atlantic salmon feeding management at the University of Glasgow, UK. Following the completion of his PhD, he held Post-Doctoral positions at the Teikyo University of Science and Technology in Japan and the University of Glasgow, UK. From 2007 he has worked at Nofima’s head office in Tromsø, Norway, firstly as a Research Scientist and then as a Senior Scientist from 2011. He has a wide range of applied and academic interests with a particular focus on fish welfare and has taught...

Tommaso Pettochi

ISPRA, Italy
Graduated in Veterinary Medicine, he holds a PhD focusing on health and welfare of sea bass in intensive farming conditions and a Specialization on breeding, hygiene, diseases of aquatic species and control of seafood products. 15 years of research experience at the Sustainable Aquaculture Department of ISPRA, the National Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research. He has collaborated in over 20 European and national projects to improve the sustainability of aquaculture productions, dedicating specific studies on the identification and application of welfare indicators in...


Fishethogroup, Portugal
Maria Castanheira is a Marine Biologist specialized (PhD) in farmed fish welfare. She is particularly interested in studying how to ensure good Codes of Practice to improve fish welfare consequently enhancing industry sustainability and profitability. Her work was focused on fish coping strategies and behavioural and physiological indicators applied to intensive fish husbandry conditions, from egg to adults, on the major aquaculture species. Maria is a welfare auditor working for groups as Integra NSF Agriculture and Lloyd's Register. Furthermore, Maria is a researcher and consultant at...

Ana Roque

IRTA, Spain
Studied Veterinary Medicine in the University of Lisbon and did a PhD in shrimp health in the University of Stirling. During her thesis she spent several months working in the Aquatic Animal Health Research Institute in Bangkok and visited several Thai shrimp farms. She then went to Mexico to work in the Centre of Feed and Development where she implemented two diagnostic laboratories for shrimp diseases and opened the aquatic microbiology research line working both on animal and public health related to cultured aquatic organisms (crustaceans, oysters and fish). In 2004, she moved to...

Maria Gimenez-Candela

CALP (International Center for Animal Law and Policy) and UAB, Spain
Marita Giménez-Candela is a Professor of Law since 1986 at the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB, Spain) and since 1997 at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB, Spain), with a long career in teaching and research. She has received many prices and international distinctions. She is a Humboldt Scholar and Visiting Professor at many Universities across the world. Marita is the Director of the ICALP (International Center for Animal Law and Policy) in Spain and coordinator of the Master course of “Animal Law and Rights” (UAB).
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Formação Avançada

Early bird (until December 1)

early bird CCMAR staff: 250.00 €
early bird students: 100.00 €
early bird professionals: 400.00 €

After December 1

CCMAR staff: 300.00 €
students: 150.00 €
proferssionals: 500.00 €

Last day for registration: 22nd January 2021

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