December 1, 2021

The Need for Welfare Legislation for Aquatic Animals


Each year, up to 1.6 billion fish are farmed in the EU, often with little regard for their welfare. This 90-minute webinar will help to raise awareness on aquatic animals’ ability to feel pain, fear and stress. The discussion will highlight the need for the EU to introduce stronger general and species-specific welfare rules tackling the painful systems to which aquatic animals are currently subjected to.

The undergoing review of the EU animal welfare legislation is an opportunity to highlight these issues within the EU Commission's political agenda. By bringing the needs of aquatic animals to the table, we hope to finally transform European aquaculture and fish welfare legislation, introducing a set of minimum standards that will enhance the welfare of farmed fish.

  • Krzysztof Wojtas - Head of Fish Policy at Compassion in World Farming
  • Joao Luis Saraiva - Professor and researcher at the Centre for Marine Sciences (CCMAR)
  • Nathan Pyne-Carter - CEO at Ace Aquatec Ltd
  • Katerina Marinou - Leader of EU Animal Welfare Platform subgroup on Fish, Hellenic Ministry of Rural Development and Food
  • Andrea Gavinelli - Head of the Animal Welfare Unit of the European Commission DG SANTE

The event will be co-hosted by MEPs Catherine Chabaud, Francisco Guerreiro and Anja Hazekamp. The discussion will be moderated by Olga Kikou, Head of Compassion in World Farming EU.