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Taking account of fish welfare: lessons from aquaculture

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  • F. A. Huntingford,

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    1. Fish Biology Group, Faculty of Biomedical & Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, U.K.
      Tel.: +44 (0) 141 330 6643; fax: + 44 (0) 141 330 5871; email: f.huntingford@bio.gla.ac.uk
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  • S. Kadri

    1. Aquaculture Innovation, 34 Lawrence St. 1/L, Glasgow G11 5HD, U.K.
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Tel.: +44 (0) 141 330 6643; fax: + 44 (0) 141 330 5871; email: f.huntingford@bio.gla.ac.uk

Abstract

This paper explores the possibility that lessons learned from aquaculture might contribute to current debate on welfare and fisheries. After looking briefly at the history of research interest in the welfare of farmed fishes, some implications of using different definitions of and approaches to the concept of welfare are discussed. Consideration is given to the way in which the aquaculture industry has responded to public concern about fish welfare and, for cases where these responses have been effective, why this might be the case. Finally, possible cross-over points between aquaculture and fisheries in the context of fish welfare, as well as experience and expertise that might be shared between these two areas, are identified.

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