Aquaculture Animal Welfare – a free webinar

The US Aquaculture Society and National Aquaculture Association are hosting a free webinar entitled, Aquaculture Animal Welfare, at 11:00 am (U.S. Eastern Standard Time) on Friday, October 19, 2018.
Aquatic animal welfare standards are being voluntarily adopted or regulated into existence in other countries; sometimes these rules are based more on public perception and opinion, rather than science. There is a need to develop and support functional, non-regulatory welfare standards for aquaculture in the US that document current and historical welfare practices.

Four speakers will present an update on these efforts in various parts of the world (European Union, Norway and Australia), which can be compared with the situation in the US. In the absence of existing regulations, the US aquaculture community needs to proactively incorporate animal welfare standards into current and future aquaculture production systems.

Speakers include:

  • Craig Watson, Director, University of Florida, Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory, Ruskin, Florida.
  • Howard Browman, Principle Research Scientist, Institute of Marine Research, Austevoll Research Station, Storebø, Norway.
  • Ben Diggles, Director, DigsFish Services Pty, Ltd, Bribie Island, Australia.
  • Randy MacMillan, Vice-President for Research, Technical Services and Quality Assurance, Clear Springs Foods, Buhl, Idaho.

The webinar will be coordinated from Auburn University with the help of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

To register, please visit:

Please submit any questions to:


A. David Scarfe PhD, DVM, MRSSAf, CertAqV

Aquatic Veterinary Associates International, LLC

365 Monarch Birch Ct., Bartlett, IL 60103, USA

+1 (847) 650-4628 or

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