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Fish Welfare Course

Monday, November 11, 2019 to Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Course Description 

Fair-fish international, CCMAR and the Fish Ethology and Welfare Group are proud to present the first edition of our Fish Welfare Course. We carefully selected top international experts in their fields to teach each module, which were specifically designed to have a practical approach. This intensive 3-day training program aims to provide a complete theoretical and practical knowledge base to:

  • understand the biology of fish welfare
  • design welfare programs in captive and wild caught fish
  • correctly assess the welfare state of fish
  • appropriately use technical solutions to improve the welfare of fish.



The welfare of fish is an essential topic that is gaining momentum in aquaculture, fisheries and academia. The correct assessment of the welfare state of fish and the promotion of best practices that ensure good welfare must rely on a) solid scientific knowledge of the biology of fish and b) appropriate design and use of technical solutions. Fish welfare has largely progressed in recent years both in research and industry, and all stakeholders should be able to benefit from these advancements. The dialogue between researchers, industry and consumers ultimately benefits all parties involved: fish live better lives, scientists have better research models, industry has better fish with higher market value and consumers eat a better product. Knowledge is therefore key for better welfare of fish.


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


10-13 November 2019, University of Algarve, Campus Penha, Faro - Portugal

Day 1 - Monday, November 11

09:00 - 09:10 Welcome
Dr. Maria Filipa Castanheira, CCMAR - Centre of Marine Sciences, Portugal

Session I: Sentience, mind and welfare of fish

09:10 - 11:10 Pain and sentience
Prof. Lynne Sneddon, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

11:10 - 12:40 Cognition and mental aspect of welfare
Dr. Leonor Galhardo, ISPA - University Institute of Psychological, Social and Life Sciences, Portugal

12:40 - 13:30 LUNCH BREAK

Session II: Stress and welfare

13:30 - 15:00 Sensory mechanisms & Electrophysiology
Dr. Peter Hubbard, CCMAR - Centre of Marine Sciences, Portugal

15:00 - 16:30 The endocrinology and neuroendocrinology of stress
Prof. Michail Pavlidis, University of Crete, Greece

16:30 - 16:45 COFFEE BREAK

16:45 - 18:15 Methods to assess physiological stress
Dr. Pedro Guerreiro, CCMAR - Centre of Marine Sciences, Portugal

Day 2 -Tuesday, November 12

Session III: Applied fish biology and welfare

09:00 - 10:30 Transport and Welfare
Prof. João Correia, Polytechnic of Leiria, School of Tourism and Maritime Technology, Portugal

10:30 - 12:00 Applied Ethology and welfare
Dr. João Saraiva, CCMAR - Centre of Marine Sciences, Portugal

12:00 - 13:00 Nutrition, health and welfare
Dr. Claudia Aragao, CCMAR - Centre of Marine Sciences, Portugal

13:00 - 14:00 LUNCH BREAK

14:00 - 15:00 Reproduction, growth and welfare
Prof. Elsa Cabrita, University of Algarve, Portugal

15:00 - 16:00 Sustainability and welfare
Dr. Kilian Toledo-Guedes, University of Alicante, Spain

16:00 - 16:15 COFFEE BREAK

16:15 - 17:15 Environmental enrichment in captive fish
Dr. Pablo Arechavala-Lopez, CCMAR - Centre of Marine Sciences, Portugal

17:15 - 18:15 Operational welfare indicators
Dr. Marco Cerqueira, CCMAR - Centre of Marine Sciences, Portugal

Day 3- Wednesday, November 13

Session IV: Welfare: Fish health and welfare

09:00 - 10:30 Fish Pathology
Prof. Francesc Padrós, UAB- Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

10:30 - 11:30 Anaesthesia in Fish
Dr. Nuno Pereira, Veterinarian at Lisbon Oceanarium, Portugal

11:30 - 13:00 Stunning and Slaughtering
Dr. Jeff Lines, Silsoe Livestock Systems Ltd, United Kingdom

13:00 - 14:00 LUNCH BREAK

Session V: Welfare assessment and policy

14:00 - 15:00 Certification schemes, audits and welfare
Dr. Maria Filipa Castanheira, CCMAR - Centre of Marine Sciences, Portugal

15:00 - 16:00 Animal law and welfare
Prof. Marita Giménez-Candela, UAB- Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

16:00 - 16:15 COFFEE BREAK

16:15 - 17:45 Plenary Discussions/round tables/course summary



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Intended Audience 
The course is directed to: - Biologists, veterinarians and technicians working in fish farms of fisheries, - Operation directors in aquaculture or fisheries - Quality managers in aquaculture or fisheries - Scientists, researchers and MSc or PhD students in the field of aquaculture, fisheries, fish biology, ethology or physiology members of NGOs and associations promoting fish welfare - Members of the general public with interest in fish welfare and a background in fish science.
Scientific Organisation 

Prof. Lynne Sneddon

University of Liverpool, UK
Director of Bioveterinary Sciences at the University of Liverpool. Lynne’s research addresses mechanistic and functional questions in animal welfare using aquatic models particularly addressing pain, fear and stress. Current research topics include exploring pain assessment and analgesia in laboratory fish and use of young non-protected larval fish to replace adults. Lynne is Chair of the Animal Section within the Society for Experimental Biology, sits on the NC3Rs Research Grant Panel and is ethics editor for the journal Behavioral Ecology.

Prof. Michail Pavlidis

University of Crete, GR
Michail Pavlidis, Biologist, PhD, is a Professor of “Biology and Physiology of Marine Organisms” and Head of the Department of Biology, at the University of Crete Greece. He was also Docent Professor in “Aquaculture-Biotechnology of Broodstock Management” at the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland. He has more than 25 years of expertise in fish physiology-endocrinology. His current research is focusing on the molecular, neuro-endocrine and husbandry interactions involved in the regulation of the stress response, on the development of non-invasive reliable welfare indicators, and on...

Prof. Leonor Galhardo

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 master’s degree 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...

Dr. Pablo Arechavala-Lopez

Pablo Arechavala-Lopez is a marine biologist with a multidisciplinary scientific production. 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 behavioural indicators of fish welfare, rising welfare management plans at...

Dr. Kilian Toledo-Guedes

University of Alicante, ES
Kilian holds a Juan de la Cierva researcher position at the Department of Marine Sciences and Applied Biology at the University of Alicante. Since 2006, his research has been focused on several aspects of the environmental interactions and sustainability of marine finfish aquaculture in both the Atlantic and Mediterranean (e.g. escaped fish, salmon sea lice, aquaculture-fisheries interactions, site selection, carrying capacity). He lectured a Master’s Degrees in Sustainable Fisheries Management and Analysis and Management of Mediterranean Ecosystems. This allowed him to develop an ecosystemic...

Dr. João Correia

Flying sharks, PT
João Correia presents a path as remarkable as his ambition and entrepreneurial spirit. A native of Cartaxo, he developed a special love for the sea early on, especially for sharks. He began his career at the Lisbon Zoo, where he was responsible for two sharks, and later was a deep-shark researcher at the Portuguese Institute for Maritime Research. He then became responsible for the acquisition of all animals from the Lisbon Oceanarium, including their capture, during the pre-opening phase and following eight years. In addition to being a professor of higher education at the Higher School of...

Dr. Jeff Lines

Silsoe Livestock Systems Ltd
Jeff Lines trained in physics and engineering and led the aquacultural engineering research at Silsoe Research Institute until its closure in 2006. He then started his own R&D consultancy which works into the fish, pig, poultry and beef industries focusing on engineering developments to improve animal health and welfare. He is an honorary visiting fellow at the University of Bristol Vet School and advises welfare organisations and commercial companies. Within the aquaculture, he provides extensive design and development support for Ace Aquatec Ltd and has developed and installed...

Prof. Francesc Padrós

Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
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. He is teaching fish health-related subjects at the veterinary medicine degree and at the master in Aquaculture. He is also the 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 (...

Dr. Nuno Pereira

Oceanário de Lisboa
Dr Nuno Pereira is a registered veterinarian, dedicated to working with the aquatic animal for more than 20 years. Armed with his knowledge, skills and extensive experience, he provides professional veterinary services to, public aquaria, universities and research facilities, pet owners, and other fish facilities locally and internationally.

Dr Maria Filipa Castanheira

Maria Filipa Castanheira is a Marine Biologist interested in farmed fish welfare particularly studying how to ensure good welfare practises in the aquaculture industry, by setting up Codes of Practice for responsible aquaculture that take fish welfare into account and improves the industry sustainability. Along with audits for NSF international and consultancy work for several companies, Maria Filipa is also part of the FishEthoGroup Association.

Prof. Dr. Marita Giménez-Candela

ICALP (International Center for Animal Law and Policy) and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain
Marita Giménez-Candela (PhD with Prof. Alvaro d’Ors, Spain, and Habilitation with Prof. Dieter Nörr, Deutschland) is a Professor of Law since 1986 at the Universitat de les Illes Balears and since 1997 at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), with a long career in teaching and research. Has received many prices and international distinctions. She is a Humboldt Scholar and Visiting Professor at many Universities across the world (Kyoto, Fukuoka, Tokyo, NYU, Köln, München, Paris-Sorbonne, Napoli, Roma La Sapienza, Roma “Tor Vergata”, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, UNAM, Querétaro...

University of Algarve, Campus Penha, Faro, Portugal

ATT type 
Advanced Training
Presentation Language 
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Early bird (until September 15)

  • 600€: Professionals
  • 300€: CCMAR staff
  • 200€: MSc & PhD students

Late registration (after September 15)

  • 800€: Professionals
  • 400€: CCMAR staff
  • 250€: MSc & PhD students