Executive summary

The welfare of farmed fish is a topic that is gaining exponential attention in research, public awareness, production and policy, since the impacts on the animals are reflected the whole sector. To address it correctly it is important to define the terms: welfare is the state of the animal as it copes with its environment. This definition enables the measurement of welfare through different indicators, which in turn allow the testing, validation and implementation of measures to improve the welfare and production of farmed fishes. The focus of this report is on the behavioural indicators of welfare, which represent the state of the animal very accurately.

DG MARE Director-General’s response to the AAC Recommendation on the risks of bivalve mollusc pathogen emergence in connection with climate change. 

Link to the AAC Recommendation on the risks of bivalve mollusc pathogen emergence in connection with climate change.

DG MARE Director-General’s response to the AAC Recommendation on Aquatic Debris from European Aquaculture. 

 

Link to the ACC Recommendation on Aquatic Debris from European Aquaculture. 

DG MARE Director-General’s response on the AAC Position on the ICES Evaluation of the national eel management plans progress reports.

 

Link to the AAC letter to the European Commission on the ICES Evaluation of the national eel management plans progress reports. 

 

The AAC has published Recommendations to the European Commission and the Member States on the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF).  

 

DG SANTE Head of Unit for Food Hygiene, Feed and Fraud' response to the AAC letter on the discussions of DG SANTE’s Working Group about a regulation concerning norovirus in shellfish.

 

Link to the letter on the discussions of DG SANTE’s Working Group about a regulation concerning norovirus in shellfish.

 

Following the resumption of DG SANTE’s Working Group on Shellfish concerning the possibility of introducing a “norovirus” criterion into the Hygiene Package regulation, the AAC’ wrote a letter to the European Commission to share its opinion with the new proposals discussed.

This study from October 2022 was prepared by Poseidon Aquatic Resource Management Europe Ltd for the Aquaculture Advisory Council.

The AAC received answers to its letter on a call for action on the rising costs of aquaculture production from Malta, Germany and the Czech Republic.

The AAC wrote a letter to the EU Member States with a call for action on the raising costs of aquaculture production.