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) reduces the suffering of farmed fish by researching and executing welfare interventions. It primarily works in countries in Asia, a region it has identified as particularly high-priority.
India is FWI’s main country of operation, and there it conducts the following work:
In addition to the direct benefits of the above work, FWI believes it has had significant impacts in other, harder-to-measure ways:
As of November 2023, FWI estimates that it has improved the lives of about 1.6 million fishes. It also believes that, with its ongoings investments in R&D, the vast majority of its impact lies in its future programming.
The impact-focused evaluator Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE) conducted a review of FWI's work, in which they recommended FWI as a Standout Charity.
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