New regulations seek to improve cleaner fish welfare

Editorial Staff

The consultation period for regulatory changes ends 21 June, 2024.

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority is proposing amendments to regulations regarding aquaculture operations, specifically focusing on the treatment of cleaner fish.

These changes aim to address the high mortality rate of cleaner fish, particularly after delousing procedures, and ensure better fish welfare practices.

Currently, there is concern over the welfare of cleaner fish, with many dying during operations, particularly during delousing procedures.

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The proposed changes aim to clarify regulations to protect cleaner fish from undergoing harmful treatments.

One potential key change is the removal of an exception that allows cleaner fish to remain during operations, ensuring they are sorted out before potentially harmful procedures begin.

The consultation period for these regulatory changes ends on June 21, 2024.


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