Transport of living fish is a multi-step operation consisting of preliminary preparation of animals and transport facilities, harvest of the fish, its loading, conveyance – including maintaining the transport water quality – and unloading at the delivery location.
It is known that in each step welfare of fish can be affected. It is therefore the objective of this study to establish effects of transport on eel and African catfish, which are the major farmed species in the Netherlands. We intend to focus on transport of market-size fish. Effects will be studied by analysis of physiological parameters and behavioural observations. A more detailed program will be drafted after consultation of the sponsor of the project.
The project will establish how transport of market-size fish can influence welfare aspects of the selected fish species. On basis of the obtained results recommendations will be given on optimization of current practices and future studies.