BENEFISH – the economic impact of the welfare of fish in European fish farming
The goal of the project
The goal of the project is to assess the economic effects of action taken to improve the welfare of fish and produce information and tools for decision-making in the fish farming industry.
The welfare of fish is a function of several mutually interacting factors − fish should be in good health, their habitat should have enough water volume and their diet should be balanced. This project’s objective is to analyse how investment in fish welfare affects the economic competitiveness of European fish farming. During the project, the farming of salmon (Salmo salar), rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), turbot (Psetta maxima) and seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax) are studied in different kinds of production environments: from net cages to recirculation systems. Cooperation partners from several European countries are taking part in the programme.
Scientist in charge of project
Turku Game and Fisheries Research
Itäinen Pitkäkatu 3, FIN- 20520-Turku, Finland
Phone: +358 295 327 687
Other research staff: Jari Setälä, Kari Ruohonen, Jouni Vielma, Kaija Saarni
Transnational Consulting Partnership TNC (EU), the universities of Glasgow and Stirling (UK), Swedish Board of Fisheries ,Veterinärinstitutet (Norway), Wageningen University (Netherlands), and Ifremer (France). Several European enterprises and other actors within the sector are also participating.