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E-Conference on Fish Welfare in Fisheries



Location: NULL
Event Type: Meeting
Event Date: 2008-09-01    
End Date: 2008-09-12

Event Description:
Hosted by: Fisheries Society of the British Isles

The issue: The welfare of fishes, what this means, whether human activities compromise it and, if so, what if anything should be done about it are complex, important and controversial topics. They have already been the subject of considerable debate in the context of aquaculture and recreational fisheries. In both cases, there are still many conflicting interests and many areas of uncertainty and disagreement. However, there is also sufficient consensus to underpin constructive discussion of strategies and guidelines for the responsible, welfare-friendly use of fish in aquaculture and angling.
What we are trying to achieve: To date, little attention has been paid to the welfare of fish in the context of commercial fisheries, although such attention will surely come and the industry should be prepared for it. The aim of this symposium is to open up debate, exchanging thoughts and hopefully identify a way forward, drawing on the experience gained in discussion of aquaculture and recreational fisheries.

Topics for discussion:

o What is welfare?
o Does the concept apply to fish?
o How can fish welfare best be measured?
o Are there different views of welfare relating to wild fish and to aquaculture?
o What are the common issues for aquaculture, angling and commercial fisheries?
o Are humans natural predators of fish?
o In what areas, if any, do commercial fisheries compromise fish welfare?
o Does this matter?
o What can be done about it?

Format: The e-conference will include introductory remarks by five keynote speakers above over a period of two weeks. The conference will be moderated by an independent e-conference administrator. Weekly summaries will be posted and the output of the e-conference will be used to set key questions for the keynote speakers to address at the symposium held during the 5th World Fisheries Congress in Yokohama.

The main topics for discussion are based on the themes of the one-day symposium to be held at the 5th WFC:

Welfare and fisheries: Experience from aquaculture.
Felicity Huntingford - University of Glasgow

Welfare and recreational fisheries.
Robert Arlinghaus - Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology & Inland Fisheries, Berlin

Welfare in wild-capture marine fisheries.
Julian Metcalfe - CEFAS

How to balance the needs and wishes of humans against the concerns for fishes.
Peter Sandøe - Centre for Bioethics and Risk Assessment, University of Copenhagen

Living as Part of the Natural World.
J Claude Evans - Washington University, St Louis, USA

Please register for the e-conference using the form found on the following website: http://www.fsbi.org.uk/e-conference-08.htm
The e-conference can be found on the FSBI Discussion Board: http://www.fsbi.org.uk/phpbb/




Contact email: michel.kaiser@bangor.ac.uk

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Website url: http://www.fsbi.org.uk/e-conference-08.htm

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Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: No

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

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External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

Posted by wardappeltans on 2008-08-05 and approved by webmaster