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Global Aquaculture Alliance — Fish Welfare Best Practices

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To develop animal welfare best practices for three aquatic species and proposed animal welfare standards, and to share them with industry.
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Published: December 2017
Grant investigator: Lewis Bollard

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Global Aquaculture Alliance staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $435,000 over two years to the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) via the Responsible Aquaculture Foundation to develop best practices and proposed animal welfare standards for three farmed fish species. GAA will seek to identify welfare best practices for salmonids, tilapia, and channel catfish by reviewing existing research, surveying commercial practices, and conducting lab and field trials for validation. If best practices are successfully identified, GAA will share these with industry leaders at its annual meeting, and propose them for inclusion in the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Standards, a large and influential aquaculture 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.

GAA intends to use these funds for expenses related to field and lab trials, the creation of online animal welfare modules for producers, conference attendance, travel, and project administration.

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


GAA, Project Budget, 2017Source