The Round Table “Seizing the Day for Fish Welfare” will take place on Wednesday 6th June from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., followed by lunch, in the room A1H1 of the European Parliament.
Following the European Commission’s report to Council and Parliament on the welfare of farmed fish, this event is the opportunity to examine the priorities and opportunities for improving the welfare of fish in European aquaculture.
Fish are the most numerous animals used by people for food, while attention on their welfare has been lacking. The knowledge base has moved from consensus that fish suffer and experience pain, and into the specific needs and preferences of different species. Humane slaughter practices are used in only a few sectors of Europe’s aquaculture.
There will be presentations from policy makers, experts, civil society, and industry followed by an exchange of views and discussion. Brand new data from an opinion poll carried out across Europe will be shared for the first time. The Round Table and discussion will be moderated by Bárbara Mendes-Jorge of Sustainability Consult, and inputs from all around the table will be welcomed.
After discussion, vegan lunch will be available.
Albin Gräns – Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Niall Gerlitz – European Commission, DG-SANTE
Katerina Marinou – Ministry of Rural Development and Food, Greece
Eoin Mac Aoidh – European Commission, DG-MARE
Reineke Hameleers – Eurogroup for Animals
Bernhard Feneis – Federation of European Aquaculture Producers
Melanie Siggs – Global Aquaculture Alliance