Grant of up to EUR 200,000 available for research on humane slaughter methods for wild fish
Billions of fish are caught for food every year, the vast majority of these fish are not stunned before killing, and there is good evidence that many wild-caught fish may experience significant suffering between the time they are captured and their death. The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) hopes to encourage the development and adoption of humane slaughter methods for fish caught in the wild.
As a preliminary step, the HSA wishes to support a systematic study into humane capture and slaughter of fish caught on a commercial scale in the wild for food. The aim of this research is to investigate the feasibility of the development and use of methods of humane stunning or stun/killing for wild-caught fish in order to minimise pain or distress in wild-capture commercial fisheries. The research should also consider the sustainability of such methods (economic, environmental, ethical and social considerations including practicality).