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Work Packages

The project holds tree work packages: 

  • WP 1: SWIM -Salmon Welfare Index Model,
  • WP 2: Novel operational animal based welfare indicators for farmed Atlantic salmon
  • WP 3. Operational field validation of the SWIM method and novel animal-based indicators

WP 1: SWIM -Salmon Welfare Index Model

Leader: Lars H. Stien, IMR

SWIM - database

Aim: To construct a standardised transparent method for assessing salmon welfare using semantic modelling with respect to the fulfilment of their basic welfare needs at different life stages.

WP 2: Novel operational animal based welfare indicators for farmed Atlantic salmon

Leader: Øyvind Øverli, UMB

Aims: Develop, evaluate and validate two operational animal based welfare indicators for Atlantic salmon: The eumelanin skin-spot pattern (Spot-index) and the skin and fin integrity index (SFI-index), including operational quantification methods.

To test SWIM, Spot- and SFI-index in controlled experiments with high and low welfare conditions, by comparisons to physiological and neurobiological indicators of stress and negative affect.

To test the ability of the model to detect effects of frustration induced aggressive behaviour, as compared to CNS neurobiological and systemic physiological indicators and expression of select target genes.

WP 3. Operational field validation of the SWIM method and novel animal-based indicators 

Leader: Paul J. Midtlyng, NSVS

Aim: To validate the operational feasibility of the SWIM method (WP1) as applied in the field, and of the novel indicators from WP2 as indicators of fish welfare in commercial salmon aquaculture.

Project

SALMOWA - Overall welfare assessment (OWA) of farmed salmon (SALM).

Project period: 2010-2012

Contact

Tore S. Kristiansen
Research group leader
Animal welfare
Telephone:
+47 92069918