Welfare in wild-capture marine fisheries

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  • J. D. Metcalfe

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    1. Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft Laboratory, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England, U.K.
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Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft Laboratory, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England, U.K. Tel.: +44 (0)1502 524 354; fax: + 44 (0)1502 513 865; email: julian.metcalfe@cefas.co.uk

Abstract

In contrast to terrestrial farming or aquaculture, little, if any, welfare regulation exists that constrains how fishes are handled or killed in wild-capture marine fisheries. Given that welfare in wild-capture fisheries is moving further up the public agenda, an unbiased, dispassionate account of what happens to fishes caught in wild-capture marine fisheries is needed so as to identify where the main animal welfare issues exist.

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