Fishermen from Baoût in the Saloum, Senegal (Photo: Michael Hauri)

These would be “fair fishes”

In fisheries we want,

  • that fish only remain in the fishing gear for a short time (max 30 minutes),
  • that they are immediately stunned and killed outside the water,
  • that workers in fishing, processing and trade are paid fairly,
  • that the habitat of the fish and the fishermen is protected.
  • In our project in Senegal we have set the example for this.

In aquaculture we want,

  • that fishes spend their entire lives in conditions appropriate to their species,
  • that workers in fish farming, processing and trade are paid fairly,
  • that the environment is protected.
  • Our fair-fish database provides scientific basics.

To date, there are no offers on the market that meet our requirements.


We are pioneers

A small idea in 1997 has achieved amazing results. The science of fish welfare has grown massively, not least thanks to our own research. Consumers are asking questions about the suffering of fish during capture and farming. Animal welfare laws are finally starting to take care of fish. Retail chains and fish farmers are taking notice, and fishermen are likely to follow suit soon.

What (not) to buy?
What to look for when buying fish, step by step:

  • Fish species and stock
  • Fishing methods
  • Labels
  • How much fish to eat?

Photo: Thomas Schwager