Fish Welfare Initiative is among the first organisations working to reduce the suffering of farmed fish. It does this by collaborating with industry and policymakers to make changes on fish farms, such as improving water quality and reducing stocking density.
According to FWI, an estimated 73–180 billion fish are farmed for food each year, and fish farming (or “aquaculture”) is the fastest-growing food sector in the world. Farmed fish are raised in poor conditions: they are overcrowded and unable to move naturally, which can lead to stress, poor water quality, poor health outcomes, and high mortality rates.
Higher welfare for fish can lead to improvements for industry, the health of society, the environment, and the fish themselves.
Fish Welfare Initiative (FWI) works primarily in countries in Asia, in large part because these countries farm most of the world’s farmed fish.
FWI estimates that as of December 2022, it has improved the lives of 946,000 fish. It also believes it has had significant impacts in other, harder-to-measure ways:
For more information, see Animal Charity Evaluators’ recent review of FWI, in which they recommended FWI as a Standout Charity. FWI also maintains an FAQ on its donation page that discusses the impacts and strengths and weaknesses of a donation.
FWI meets our criteria to be listed on the GWWC platform based on Animal Charity Evaluators’ recent review of FWI, in which they recommended FWI as a Standout Charity.
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