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IV Fish Welfare Summer Shoal

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 to Friday, July 1, 2022
Ria Formosa

The summer shoal is back in 2022!
After a forced halt in the last two years, 2022 marks the return of the pioneer event gathering stakeholders in constructive dialogue around the welfare of fish. The Fishethogroup, fair-fish international and CCMAR are pleased to announce the IV Summer Shoal in Fish Ethology and Welfare 2022

In recent times, the topic of fish welfare has been attracting growing interest, from academia and regulators to the general public. Now more than ever, this is the time for all stakeholders to meet in person, discuss and develop solutions for the welfare problems of fish. The 2022 edition of the Summer Shoal will once more take place in its very special format: a circle of discussion on fish welfare, under the sky, by the sea. Never like now a meeting in person made so much sense for the welfare of fish. 

As stakeholder dialogue is our premise and the distinctive feature of our unique event, it is exclusive to 30 participants to allow the discussions to take place sitting in one big circle, in the open air, to stimulate the exchange of knowledge and ideas among scientists, industry, NGOs and policy makers. The participants will stay lodged in the resort and the concept is to have a "scientific retreat" dedicated to fish welfare. Offline and in person!

The 2022 edition will once again take place in the Algarve in southern Portugal, in the lovely small resort of Pedras del Rei at the Atlantic coast, half an hour by car east of the Faro airport. The meetings will be organised by the sea, in the heart of the Ria Formosa nature park and its marvellous barrier islands. Further info on the location here.

To know more about the Summer Shoal, the talks and its fantastic atmosphere, please have a look back into past editions:


Note: The programme will absorb two full days from morning to evening, including ample time for exchanging ideas in an informal and creative environment. Therefore, participants are requested to ensure arrival on the evening of June 28 and to depart by July 1 in the morning.



Invited speaker

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Felicity Huntingford (Univ. of Glasgow)

Honoris Causa at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (2008), Jack Jones Lecture of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles (2012) and FSBI Beverton Medal (2013), 2016 Buckland Professor of Fisheries and Wood-Gush Memorial lecturer for the Society for Applied Ethology in 2019.

She has extraordinary knowledge and expertise in the natural sciences, having carried out teaching, training and research on a number of topics related to animal welfare, particularly fish. This broad interest is reflected in the textbooks she wrote: The Study of Animal Behaviour (1984), Animal Conflict (1987) and Aquaculture & Behaviour (2012). She has over 45 years of research experience on fish behaviour, in the laboratory, in the field, and in aquaculture systems. Her research has been supported by numerous funding agencies and has resulted in more than 225 scientific articles, 2 complete monographs, and 3 edited books.

Above all, Felicity is an exceptional speaker who will delight the audience with her impressive knowledge on the biology and welfare of fish, and it is a real privilege to have her as a plenary speaker in our Summer Shoal!


We are also thrilled to count on the participation of experienced and passionate actors in the Fish Industry:

- Garazi Rodríguez Valle, an aquaculture biologist responsible for the Production and Marketing plans at Apromar, the Spanish Aquaculture Association, and a UNE Aquaculture Standardization Committee member. With her extensive knowledge of the industry in Spain, Garazi Rodríguez Valle helps Spanish aquaculture plan for and reach sustainability. Within this scope, she will present to us the “Advances in Fish Welfare in the Spanish Aquaculture Sector”

- Auke Pasterkamp, General Manager and Founder of SeaConcept, a Dutch company dedicated to providing top-quality fish and seafood products. Focusing on transparency and a visible food chain, SeaConcept works closely with fishers in Holland, Norway, Iceland, and Alaska. At this year’s Summer Shoal, Auke Pasterkam will share his experience on “How we changed our fishery into stunning flatfish”.


Event Program

                June 28

               Arrival of participants
               Welcome drink at sunset
               Distribution of credentials and presentation books


                  June 29       

09:00        Plenary session       

                  Felicity Huntingford

                  What, exactly, is a behavioural need, why might fish have them and how can we tell?

10:30        Francesc Padrós

                 The worst thing you can do to a fish is to treat it in a humane manner:  Sociological, ethic, moral and religious perspectives from a fish vet.

11:00        coffee break             

11:15        Morris Villaroel

                  Moving beyond Council Regulation (EC) No. 1099/2009 to promote fish welfare at stunning/killing                                

11:45        Sónia Soares & María J. Cabrera-Álvarez

             Stunning and slaughter in sea bream farming: current practices and  possible improvements.


12:15        LUNCH    


13:45        Joao Saraiva

                 Finding the "golden stocking density": a balance between fish welfare and farmers' perspectives                                 

14:15        Marco Cerqueira

                  catch up of where are we on the search of reliable welfare biomarkers since the last summer shoal                              

14:45        Sean Black

                What the RSPCA is Doing to Advance the Welfare of Fish       

15:15        coffee break    

15:30        Ana Rita Oliveira

                 Enriching the life of Captive Broodstock

16:00        Shannon Davis (& Anne Malleau)

                 Environmental Enrichments Are Integral to Farmed Fish Welfare

16:30        Claudia Millan

                 Fish Welfare Tracker, a benchmarking tool for farmed fish welfare                     

17:00        free time / ad libitum meetings


                 Open dinner (not included in the price)


                  June 30                            

10:00        Garazi Rodríguez Valle           

                 Advances in Fish Welfare in the Spanish Aquaculture Sector             

10:30        Vivek Rachuri          

                 Challenges and Improvements of Fish Welfare in India

11:00        Kıraç, S. Deniz         

                Fish Welfare Project - Case in Turkey

11:30        Paul Denekamp      

                Is welfare also an issue for mussels and oysters?


12:00        LUNCH    


13:30        Carefish/catch consortium

                Presentation of the CAREFISH/catch project

15:00        Auke Pasterkamp

                 How we changed our fishery into stunning flatfish

15:30        Wasseem Emam    

                  An animal welfare-based approach to wild capture fisheries: moving the industry towards more humane fishing practices     

16:00        coffee break

16:15        DeMos    

                The wake / talking circle

17:30        closing session  

             Social dinner                          


               July 1



Important dates:
March 31 - deadline for early bird registrations
April 30 - deadline for submission of abstracts
May 31 - deadline for submission of full presentations of speakers



  Early bird (before 31/3) Regular (after 01/04)
Double (shared) all incl. (T1) 330€     380€
Single all incl. (T0) 445€   495€


Registration fee includes:

  • Access to scientific sessions and discussions
  • Lodging 3 nights at Pedras del Rei
  • Welcome drink 28/6
  • Breakfast 29/6, 30/6, 1/7
  • Lunch 29/6, 30/6 (except beverages)
  • Event Dinner 30/6


Call for abstracts:

We are looking for contributions, from academia and field, focusing on fish ethology and fish welfare in the wild and in aquaculture. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

• Operational Welfare Indicators for farmed fish
• Environmental Enrichment
• Positive Welfare
• Sentience, consciousness, emotions in fish
• Welfare and sustainability
• Precision fish farming
• Applied Ethology of fish

• Fish welfare of wild-caught fish
• Stunning methods for fisheries
• Alternative catching methods
• Certification and regulation for welfare in fisheries
• Social welfare of fishermen

Important Notes:
All participants are encouraged to present data, reviews or science-based perspectives on the welfare of fish or related topics.

In order to profit from the outdoor opportunities, we free ourselves from technical bonds and hold the conference in the open air, with the participants sitting in a circle of discussion. There will be no laser pointer, no projection, no screen and no computers. Therefore, bear in mind that once your abstract is accepted, we will send you guidelines to build your presentation in order to be printed. This will be the only visual aid to your talk, from which participants will follow your presentation.

The final version of your presentation must reach us before May 31 to give us the time to prepare the conference book, containing all contributions, which will be handed over to all registered participants.




Further info/enquiries: mail@fishethogroup.net



Type of Event 
Scientific Gathering