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Current State of Fish Behaviour & Welfare Research: Honoring Victoria Braithwaite

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Fish and aquatic invertebrates are increasingly involved across multiple domains of human activity: from capture fisheries, hatcheries and aquaculture to scientific laboratories, public aquaria and private homes. Each year, the number of individual animals directly affected by these activities is staggering, ...

Fish and aquatic invertebrates are increasingly involved across multiple domains of human activity: from capture fisheries, hatcheries and aquaculture to scientific laboratories, public aquaria and private homes. Each year, the number of individual animals directly affected by these activities is staggering, easily reaching several trillion/year when capture fisheries and hatcheries are included. While knowledge about the biology and behavior of the impacted species is expanding, there is still much more work to be done, especially on topics related to welfare, cognition, and natural behavior.

With articles on the current state-of-the-art in aquatic organism research, this Research Topic will provide a forum for honoring the life and work of Victoria Braithwaite (1967 - 2019). A brilliant scientist and trailblazer in fish ethology, Victoria made lasting contributions across multiple disciplines and analytical approaches. The collection will feature an introductory preface detailing Victoria's outstanding scholarship and academic career as well as contributions from cutting-edge researchers in the field.

We welcome submissions of empirical work on topics inspired by Victoria's research (e.g., cognition, navigation, behavior, environmental enrichment, welfare, neuroendocrinology, development) or reviews from related disciplines (veterinary science, animal welfare, animal cognition, philosophy, and legal theory).

Image credits: Thank you to Isabel Fife-Cook for providing this painting of a Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus).


Keywords: Fish, Aquatic Invertebrates, Welfare, Behavior, Cognition, Sentience


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