Fish Lives Matter!

The topic of welfare in aquaculture and fisheries is gaining momentum. More than ever, this is the time for academia and the industry to meet, dialogue, and develop solutions for the welfare problems of fish. Because fish lives matter.


Our Summer Shoals on Fish Ethology and Welfare aim to be a meeting point of stakeholders in the "fish world", and once more integrate perspectives often perceived as antagonistic, in order to identify joint paths to improve fish welfare.

Summer Shoals take place yearly, in early September, following a very special format: a circle of discussion on fish welfare, under the sky, by the sea. As stakeholder dialogue is one of our basic principles, these events are exclusive to about 40 participants to allow all sitting in one big circle in the open air in order to stimulate the exchange of knowledge and ideas among scientists, professionals from industry and commerce, experts from animal welfare organisation and from relevant authorities. The participants will stay lodged in the resort and the concept is to have a "scientific retreat" dedicated to fish welfare.












Summer Shoals 
so far


2019 Pedras d'el Rei, Portugal

2018 Monfalcone, Italy

2017 Monfalcone, Italy


Summer Shoal 2021:
Please save the 3rd week of September,
again in Pedras d'el Rei, Portugal

Summer Shoal 2020:
Due to the pandemic, we had to decide to postpone the programme to 2021.