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fair-fish international association — Fish Welfare Standards for Aquaculture

Award Date 
Grant Amount 
To assess the welfare of fish on Friend of the Sea farms, develop farm-specific recommendations, develop animal welfare standards, and to present on those standards.
Topic (focus area) 

Published: December 2017
Grant investigator: Lewis Bollard

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. fair-fish international association staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of €375,000 ($453,841 at the time of conversion) over two years to the fair-fish international association (FFI) for a farmed fish welfare assessment and standards project. FFI’s research team, FishEthoBase, will work jointly with fish welfare certifier Friend of the Sea (FOS) to assess fish welfare at approximately 50% of all FOS-certified farms. Findings from these assessments will then be used to create farm-specific improvement recommendations and to develop animal welfare criteria for possible inclusion in FOS standards. Additionally, FFI plans to share its findings through formal presentations at academic and industry conferences.

Our Program Officer for Farm Animal Welfare, Lewis Bollard, began looking into funding opportunities related to farmed fish welfare last year, due to the number of animals affected by fish farming.

FFI intends to use these funds for expenses related to onsite consulting, standards development, project management, travel, conference participation and presentations, and media and public relations.

This grant falls within our focus area of farm animal welfare.


FFI and FOS, Memo of Understanding, 2017Source
FFI, Proposal, 2017Source