Animal welfare in Aqua Culture
Aquaculture is an important agricultural activity in the EU. In recent years, fish farming has increased, and welfare research is developing. Fish feeding is facing various welfare problems in aquaculture systems. It is important that adequate production facilities are developed and implemented to ensure the well-being of increasing numbers of farmed fish. A key issue in farm fish health is disease and parasite infection. Some welfare rules for free fish should be followed in order to align welfare issues, such as freedom from hunger and thirst, discomfort, pain and injury, fear and stress.