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Fish Welfare Initiative
in China

China has immense potential for better fish welfare policies and sustainable farming.


of the world's farmed fishes are reared in China.



of aquatic animals are raised in China.

Since 2020, Fish Welfare Initiative has

Published scoping report on fish welfare in Chinese aquaculture.

Partnered with the International Cooperation Committee of Animal Welfare (

Co-hosted the first
Aquatic Animal Welfare Forum at the World Conference on Farm Animal Welfare (WCFAW).

Identified two priority species for welfare interventions.

Investigated 12 aquaculture farms across three regions in China.

The future of fish welfare in China is promising.

Aquatic animal welfare is a relatively new research topic worldwide, including in China. Our work has revealed many opportunities for welfare advancements in Chinese aquaculture.

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