This study from October 2020 was prepared by Marine Atlas Consultants Ltd for the Aquaculture Advisory Council.

This study from October 2019 was prepared by Marine Atlas Consultants Ltd for the Aquaculture Advisory Council.

Executive summary

As global aquaculture grows, and exceeds the production output of fisheries, ensuring the welfare of fishes at slaughter is paramount. In the European Union (EU), legislation protects fishes at slaughter based on a general principle of avoiding suffering. However, the European Commission have stated that a thorough assessment of farmed fish slaughter will be conducted, with a view to introducing more specific rules to the slaughter regulation to protect fishes.