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Web application could help producers assess lumpfish welfare

Swansea University will unveil new tools to improve lumpfish welfare at Aqua UK workshop.

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
12 April 2022, at 10:15am
lumpfish gathering at the bottom of a tank
Safeguarding lumpfish welfare is an ongoing challenge in the UK aquaculture industry

© Terje Aamodt

Swansea University will be delivering an exciting workshop at the upcoming Aquaculture UK conference entitled Tools for improving the welfare of lumpfish. The workshop will take place on the 5 May 2022 from 12:00 to 13:00 and is free to all attendees.

The workshop will consist of two main topics followed by a discussion panel:

  1. facilitated hands-on test session of the Lumpfish Welfare Watcher - a web-based & desktop application designed to help fish farmers assess and improve the welfare of Lumpfish
  2. using AI to improve lumpfish welfare

During the workshop, attendees will get a free lumpfish welfare chart and learn how to use it in combination with the following lumpfish welfare tools: the lumpfish BMI calculator for the detection of underweight fish and the Rapid Welfare Assessment Tool to calculate the overall welfare of lumpfish.

On 4 May, Swansea University will be at SAIC’s stall from 15:00 to 15:30, showcasing our cleaner fish research and how we are training the next generation of aquaculture professionals.

“We encourage everyone interested in fish welfare – farmers, researchers, students, vets and welfare interest groups to attend this exciting workshop”, said Dr Sara Barrento, Swansea University, speaker and organiser of the workshop.

This is the second joint event in a series organised and supported by the projects: Access2Sea and SIF. The first event took place during the Lochaber Ideas Week – Aquaculture Day in Fort William, Scotland on the 17 November 2021.

Click here to read Lumpfish Welfare Watcher guide.