Fish are a widely used research model and common farm animal, as well as being exhibited in zoological collections and kept as pets. Like mammalian and avian species, fish appear capable of experiencing a variety of affective states, but, unlike mammals and birds, there is a comparative paucity of reliable welfare indicators with which to assess these states. It is therefore of great importance to identify novel indicators to allow better measurement of, and so improve, fish welfare – although this represents a considerable challenge to researchers.
This workshop, organised by NC3Rs grant holders Professor Oliver Burman, Dr Tom Pike and Dr Tanja Kleinhappel as part of ISAE2019, brings together researchers working in this area to share their novel technologies/approaches in this field, as well as discuss their application and promotion in day-to-day ‘real-world’ settings. Following a series of presentations (each c.10 min duration) encompassing a wide range of novel methodological approaches to assessing fish welfare, there will be a group discussion addressing contemporary achievements, future directions and the identification of ways to promote the translation of academic research to practical application.
Presentations will include:
- Using thermal choices as indicators for fish welfare - Felicity Huntingford
- The role of the serotonergic system as a welfare indicator - Marco A Vindas
- Developing measures of positive welfare for fish - Becca Franks
- Using social behaviour as a welfare indicator in fish – Tanja Kleinhappel, Tom Pike & Oliver Burman
Register for the congress here.