(Past Event) 4th August: Feed Options and Nutrient Profiling & Fish Welfare


1st hour – Feed Options and Nutrient Profiling – Dr Rosemary Crichton

Now part of the Bristol Fish Project Team – Rose has a huge interest in how aquaponic feeds can be produced from urban waste streams. Rose takes us through fish physiology and responses to feeds and discusses the various ingredient options and how we can consider these for making aquaponic feeds.

Rose wrote her PhD on the physiological capacities of gammarid amphipods to survive environmental change.

2nd hour – Ethics of production and Fish Welfare in Aquaponics -with Dr Gavan M Cooke – BIAZA Aquarium Research Liaison and EAZA Welfare Advisory Specialist. 

“For the last 20 years I have been looking after aquatic organisms, during this time I have come to realise that many of these animals are intelligent, can feel pain and deserve our best care through appropriate husbandry techniques and useful enrichment. There is now a substantial body of evidence supporting the notion that many common captive aquatic organisms deserve similar care to their more fluffy cousins. I believe that there is a huge emphasis on terrestrial animal welfare whilst many aquatic animals are frequently neglected (or worse) due to the perception they have 5 second memories. “

Dr. Gavan Cooke currently lectures in aquaculture at Falmouth Marine School, where part of his teaching involves teaching ornamental fish welfare and husbandry to students and public aquaria staff. He is a marine mammal medic, holds all available UK Home Office aquatic organism welfare modules (including NACWO) and has obtained the IAT level 2 diploma in animal technology. He has a BSc in Zoology and a PhD in fish behaviour. Gavan is a BIAZA professional member (research committee) and also a member of UFAW. He conducts research into aquatic animal welfare (e.g. cephalopods, elasmobranchs, and amphibians) and works for an EU funded organisation promoting the welfare of cephalopods.



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Thursday, 4th August 2016 from 19:00 to 21:00 (BST) Add to Calendar
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