Every year, the largest seafood trade show in the world takes place in Brussels. Seafood Expo Global is the largest gathering of both the aquaculture and wild-capture fishery industries. We visited the expo this week to see what signs could be found of industry reflecting the scientific evidence and social concerns around fish welfare.
Among the vast presence of the trade in fish products, there were businesses with a focus on welfare. Engineering companies and suppliers are selling welfare technologies to the aquaculture sector. Farmers with a view to the future and pro-active approach can be found implementing welfare practices.
Most encouragingly the four big sustainable certification bodies are all engaging in welfare. GlobalGAP has already integrated a range of explicit welfare criteria into their aquaculture standards. The ASC, GAA, and Friend of the Sea are all in the process of designing welfare specific modules and content for their existing standards.
See the videos below for their own words on how they’re approaching fish welfare and why they do it.