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Science-based assessment of welfare: aquatic animals

Author(s) : T. Håstein, A.D. Scarfe & V.L. Lund

Summary :

Terrestrial animal welfare has been a matter for exploration for many years. In contrast, approaches towards improving the welfare and humane treatment of aquatic animals are relatively new, as is the thinking behind them. Several issues complicate the process of addressing the welfare of aquatic animals in a consistent manner. These include the following:  – the huge diversity among aquatic animals, the majority of which are poikilothermic vertebrates and invertebrates – understanding the practices involved in fisheries, aquaculture and aquatic animal production, and their purpose – the relative paucity of scientific information – understanding the philosophical approaches, policies, guidance and regulations that may influence the provision of optimal welfare and humane practices for aquatic animals.

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