PROJECTS OVERVIEW

Why should we care about the welfare of aquatic animals?

Promoting Aquatic Animal Welfare: A Vital Perspective for Africa

Ethical Seafood Research with guest
Wasseem Emam

We covered topics:

  • What attracted you to get into seafood research since 2009?
  • What is your current research work at Ethical Seafood Research Ltd?
  • How will the score be used to improve fish welfare in Egypt?
  • What would be actionable advice you would give to the fish farmer?
  • What are some of the challenges while working with fish farmers?
  • What are your views on Capture-based aquaculture (CBA)?
  • What is your take on the Netflix documentary Seaspiracy?
  • Who do you think will gain maximum benefit from listening to this episode?
Social Entrepreneurship & Investment

Tanganyika Blue tilapia farming project

ESR is proud to be a partner in the first sustainable and ethical Tanganyika tilapia farm in Tanzania. This project has huge potential to set the tone for sustainable aquaculture before it develops and to deliver food security, employment and community development to the least affluent part of Tanzania. 

HIGHLIGHTED PROJECTS

Mapping the status quo of Nile tilapia farming practices in Egypt

Egypt is one of the largest producers of Nile tilapia around the world with production primarily carried out in vast earthen ponds. However, there are currently no considerations for the welfare of the animals in these systems. This initiative aimed to address this gap by mapping current production practices and identifying the major points of compromised welfare along the production chain. These findings have subsequently informed a project around the introduction of humane slaughter methods, which, if successful, would mark a historic step for animal welfare in Egypt.

Improving the welfare of sturgeon farmed for caviar production

Having gone from being a niche luxury product to one that is easily found in supermarkets, the demand for caviar has skyrocketed. With the decline of wild stocks of sturgeon and global restrictions on fishing them from the wild, the caviar production sector has turned to aquaculture to meet this demand. However, the welfare of these unique, long-living animals is poorly understood. The shift to nonlethal egg harvesting, considered ethically superior, brings its own welfare concerns. Our review delves into these complexities, underlining the urgent need for extensive research in this field.

Assessing the welfare of farmed bluefin tuna in closed culture systems

As the demand for sashimi-grade tuna continues to soar and closed cycle production becomes increasingly common, our interest in understanding the conditions of bluefin tuna farming grows. Through preliminary research, our team has uncovered major welfare concerns, including high mortality rates in hatcheries and uncertainties surrounding the humane slaughter of smaller tuna. Ethical Seafood Research goal is to collaborate with industry stakeholders to tackle these pressing challenges and pave the way for more sustainable practices in tuna aquaculture.

Identifying high welfare interventions in the Kenyan aquaculture sector

This project addresses sustainability challenges in Kenya's growing tilapia aquaculture through the introduction of an animal welfare approach. By engaging small-scale fish farmers through a series of hands-on workshops and demonstrating the value of sound animal care and husbandry practices, we are gently nudging the sector towards higher welfare and humane fish farming practices.

Drafting a humane and sustainable aquaculture strategy for Zanzibar

ESR is working together with the Zanzibari Ministry of Blue Economy to develop a humane and sustainable strategy for aquaculture development in this part of Tanzania. Zanzibar is a leader in seaweed farming and the island is keen to move into finfish production. By embedding animal welfare principles from the start, we can position Zanzibar as an African leader in humane and sustainable aquaculture.

Pioneering high welfare tilapia farming in Western Tanzania

We are proud to collaborate as a partner in the first sustainable and ethical Tanganyika tilapia farm in Tanzania, marking a significant milestone in aquaculture development. This project has huge potential to set the tone for sustainable and humane aquaculture before the sector takes off in the region whilst delivering food security, employment and community development to the least affluent part of Tanzania. 

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