Research Project Database
Code: 2.18.05
1: 2.18.05
Title: Influence of environmental enrichment on fish welfare in aquaculture facilities
2: Influence of environmental enrichment on fish welfare in aquaculture facilities
Country: Switzerland
3: Switzerland
Funding Organisation: Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office FSVO
4: Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office FSVO
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Research Organisation: Centre for Fish and Wildlife Health, University of Bern (FIWI)
University of Bern
10: Centre for Fish and Wildlife Health, University of Bern (FIWI)
University of Bern
Number of Research Staff (FTE):  
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Cost (Euros): 189192
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End Date (dd/mm/yyyy): 28-02-2020
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Duration (months): 24
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Project objectives and deliverables with estimated delivery dates for each deliverable (if possible): There is an urgent need for scientific data to inform if and how welfare conditions can be improved in aquaculture facilities. The aim of this study is to investigate the impact of environmental enrichment, more specifically visual alterations of tank surface, on the welfare and health of farmed fish. The hypothesis is based on the fact that the visual environment plays a key role in neuroendocrine development of fish, which regulates important functions such as immunocompetence and welfare. The effect of tank surface colour patterns mimicking natural looking surfaces on fish welfare will be evaluated using established endpoints, examining acute and chronic stress and fish health parameters. Rainbow trout as the most commonly used food fish in Switzerland will be used in this project. Our approach is guided by pilot data and our suggested modifications, if proven to relate to a higher welfare and/or health status, are easily translated into commercial practice. We endeavour to validate the practicability of the proposed enrichment elements under farm conditions.
17: There is an urgent need for scientific data to inform if and how welfare conditions can be improved in aquaculture facilities. The aim of this study is to investigate the impact of environmental enrichment, more specifically visual alterations of tank surface, on the welfare and health of farmed fish. The hypothesis is based on the fact that the visual environment plays a key role in neuroendocrine development of fish, which regulates important functions such as immunocompetence and welfare. The effect of tank surface colour patterns mimicking natural looking surfaces on fish welfare will be evaluated using established endpoints, examining acute and chronic stress and fish health parameters. Rainbow trout as the most commonly used food fish in Switzerland will be used in this project. Our approach is guided by pilot data and our suggested modifications, if proven to relate to a higher welfare and/or health status, are easily translated into commercial practice. We endeavour to validate the practicability of the proposed enrichment elements under farm conditions.
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