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Global Animal Partnership — Fish Welfare Standards

Organization Name 
Award Date 
Grant Amount 
To develop fish welfare standards.
Topic (focus area) 

Published: November 2017
Grant investigator: Lewis Bollard

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The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $285,000 over two years to Global Animal Partnership (GAP) to develop welfare standards for farmed fish species. GAP will seek to develop standards for 4-6 farmed fish species (beginning with salmon) by establishing a partnership with an existing aquaculture certification program and developing a multi-step framework for farmed fish based on land animal models. GAP also intends to develop a strategy for raising consumer awareness of farmed fish welfare, and to run a promotional campaign for the launch of their initial salmon certification program.

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. He believes established fish welfare standards could eventually form the basis for welfare requests in corporate or institutional campaigns, and thinks GAP is well-positioned to lead this effort due to the credibility of its US land animal welfare certification program. The main challenge he anticipates with this project is GAP’s current lack of established relationships with aquaculture companies.

GAP intends to use these funds for the hiring of a fish welfare expert to lead the development of the standards, travel for visits to international fish farms, field testing of standards and consultations with experts, and marketing support.

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