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Animal welfare standards for fish targeted in webinar

By Dave Edmark
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Fast facts:

* Free online session to review issues for aquaculture producers
* National Sea Grant Law Center director to deliver presentation

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Fish farming’s adherence to animal welfare standards – in both land and marine environments – is coming under increased scrutiny. An online webinar will examine the issues and areas of concern for aquaculture producers.

The free one-hour webinar – “Animal Welfare Standards and Commercial Aquaculture Operations” – will be offered at 11 a.m. CDT Sept. 9. It is available to the first 100 people to register. Registration is available through the National Agricultural Law Center at http://nationalaglawcenter.org/consortium/webinars/aquaculturewelfare. The center is a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Stephanie Otts, director of the National Sea Grant Law Center, will present the webinar. She noted that animal welfare has traditionally focused on terrestrial livestock operations, but concerns are now being raised about the welfare of armed fish. Her presentation will cover existing and emerging animal welfare standards for farmed fish.

Otts teaches a course on ocean and coastal law at the University of Mississippi School of Law and has conducted extensive research on marine aquaculture.

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Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
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