João Saraiva is a fish ethologist with a special interest in welfare. He is currently leading the Fish Ethology and Welfare Group at the Centre of Marine Sciences in Faro, Portugal and is the president and founder of the FishEthoGroup Association. With a research background on behaviour and communication in teleosts, João now focuses on the application of fundamental science to improve the welfare of fishes, both in aquaculture and in fisheries. He is the author of over 50 scientific publications and co-editor of a book on the topic of fish welfare. The team lead by João has an extensive record of achievements in research, training, dissemination and consultancy. He is an invited assistant professor of Ethology at the University of Algarve, and also works as a consultant for the European Commission, certification bodies and other private stakeholders.
A new book entitled “Welfare of Cultured and Experimental Fishes” was recently edited by João L. Saraiva and Pablo Arechavala-Lopez, researchers from the Center for Marine Sciences (CCMAR) . Fish welfare is a recent field , but is beginning to receive due attention not only from researchers, but also from consumers, industry and policy makers.
Fish Ethology and Welfare group, from the Centre for Marine Sciences (CCMAR) organized last November a unique fish welfare course, attended by some renowned international researchers in this area.
The third edition of the Summer Shoal, dedicate to fish welfare, was organized for the first time in Portugal and was a huge success.
RESEARCH TREND ALERT: Now that eco-concerns have pushed the agenda towards sustainable aquaculture, it is time to address welfare in fish farming.
CCMAR inspires is a series of events organized to nourish the curiosity of our researchers and feed the discussions on scientific topics. The first session is scheduled to next Friday, February 7th, at 5pm and Alexandre Quintanilha will talk about: “Knowledge as the basis of democracy”.
CCMAR researcher, João Saraiva, represented his work at European Maritime Day 2019.
João Saraiva is going to re-join CCMAR, leading a new research group focused in Ethology and Welfare.
Welcome back João!
Os cientistas já sabiam que muitas espécies usam a comunicação química nas suas interações sociais, mas num estudo recentemente publicado na revista Scientific Reports, um grupo de investigadores do Centro de Ciências do Mar, dá conta de que o peixe tilápia moçambicana usa estes sinais para reduzir a violência nos combates. Os cientistas reportam também que os machos ao cheirarem a urina dos dominantes aumentam as suas hormonas sexuais.
João Saraiva, researcher at CCMAR, participates in a pioneering study that aims to improve the conditions and fish welfare in European aquacultures, by giving them legal status.
An innovative study reveals that the adoption of very simple measures of environmental enrichment, which means the introduction of structures to improve the environment in the farming cages, contributes significantly to the welfare of farmed sea bream.
Our researchers delivered a report that identifies key welfare issues regarding the transport of live fish. This study was the basis for a discussion on the regulation of animal transport in the European Parliament.
Our researchers point to environmental enrichment as a key element for the future of aquaculture.
Our resercher João Saraiva will lead a study to provide insight and advice to the European aquaculture stakeholders on the benefits in using the growing knowledge of fish behaviour and ethology in fish production.
For the second year, the Summer Shoal edition was organised by our researchers in Portugal, in the Algarve, where participants focused on an exchange of knowledge and ideas to be implemented in aquaculture.
The report coordinated by our researcher João Saraiva provides insight and advice to the European Commission on how to improve the welfare of aquaculture fish and its production.
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