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Online training launched for Chinese grass carp farmers

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FAI have announced that their online course for the improvement of grass carp welfare standards has been launched in Chinese, aiming to support the development of the industry in China.

Grass carp farmers in China.
The course aims to put animal welfare knowledge in the hands of farmers


FAI - an aquaculture research and development organisation - has announced the release of its online Grass Carp Welfare Indicators course in Chinese, signalling a continuing commitment to improving grass carp welfare standards in China. As the largest producer of the species globally, the launch of the Chinese Grass Carp Welfare Indicators course provides a valuable resource to help boost the wellbeing and performance of farmed grass carp in China.

The release of the online training in Chinese comes ahead of the release of FAI’s Aquaculture Manual for grass carp, which aims to further support the development of the industry in China.

“More than 5.8 million tonnes of grass carp are produced every year, and the majority of these within China,” explained FAI’s aquaculture programme manager Dr Sara Barrento, in a press release from the organisation.

“FAI’s primary goal is to uncover welfare science, synthesise this knowledge and then put it in the hands of farmers. This is exactly what we’re doing with the launch of the Grass Carp Welfare Indicators course in Chinese,” she added.

The course is based on the latest scientific research and is designed to provide free, easy-to-access information to educate aquaculture farmers on the benefits of improving grass carp welfare. The training - which is also available in English, Portuguese, and Spanish - offers a comprehensive overview of FAI’s grass carp welfare indicators around nutrition, health, environment, and behaviour. It also outlines how farmers can identify welfare issues and implement improved welfare practices into daily working routines.

“FAI’s research and experience within the aquaculture sector highlight that improved fish welfare not only leads to healthier fish, experiencing a better quality of life, but also improved profitability for farmers,” concluded FAI’s chief executive Øistein Thorsen.

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