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Promoting better welfare for caviar-farmed sturgeon

Aquaculture plays a significant role in meeting the world’s growing demand for animal protein. However, as the industry expands, concerns about animal welfare have come in the spotlight. In the pursuit of higher welfare standards in aquaculture, Ethical Seafood Research (ESR) joined the growing chorus of voices advocating for change, with a focus on a little talked about topic, sturgeon farmed for caviar!

A recent article by Sentient Media shed light on the distressing conditions experienced by sturgeon in many aquaculture operations, a concern echoed in ESR’s contribution to the European Parliament’s report titled “Role and impact of China on world fisheries and aquaculture.” Although progress has been made, such as the UK’s enactment of the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act 2022, which recognises fish sentience, there is still much work to be done. 

That’s why ESR offers comprehensive research services for caviar producers that are keen to adopt higher welfare practices. Whether you’re seeking to deploy no-kill methods for your sturgeon or conduct a welfare assessment of your operations, our team is here to help you identify areas for improvement and implement strategies that prioritise the well-being of these magnificent animals.

If you are committed to upholding higher animal welfare standards in aquaculture, visit our website today and get in touch. Together, we can reduce the suffering of aquatic animals reared in captivity and contribute to a more ethical and sustainable seafood sector.