Why are AWSI’s recommendations not species-specific if the requirements of different fish species are so different?
As a first step, AWSI has identified the most important areas for the welfare of aquatic life and developed general recommendations. These apply generally to every farm and every species cultivated. Implementing them internationally is in itself a major step forward for animal welfare in aquaculture.
In the upcoming implementation of the general recommendations in training courses suitable for operations, it is necessary to take into account species-specific characteristics. For example, percussive stunning (knocking) is only appropriate for certain fish species in terms of animal welfare, but less so for others. AWSI works with research institutions and technology providers to incorporate new scientific knowledge and technical innovations into its recommendations.