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A new integrative framework for the study of fish welfare based on the concepts of allostasis, appraisal and coping styles

Objective

COPEWELL aims to provide a better understanding of the underpinning mechanisms and basic knowledge about the physiology, biology, and behaviour of fishes and to give a deeper understanding of the basic mechanisms involved in coping styles. We will use an innovative hypothesis-driven multidisciplinary approach that aims to explore the links between brain function, behaviour and adaptive plasticity (WPs 1 and 2). Underlying mechanisms will be addressed by localising key elements of the stress-responsive serotonergic and learning and memory systems in the telencephalon, and for the first time also analyse rates of brain cell proliferation, neurogenesis, and expression of genes controlling other aspects of brain function, as learning and memory, in fish expressing different coping styles. The project will also focus on the understanding of how animals experience their world, based on appraisal theory and experimental studies of appraisal mechanisms in farmed fish, and not simply on the description of animal behaviour or stress responses (WP2 Appraisal). COPEWELL will further study the ontogeny of brain function and neuroendocrine stress responses in the call species Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) and sea bream (Sparus aurata), and will provide new insights on the interrelations between different relevant husbandry practices, plasticity of brain function and stress response during early ontogeny. COPEWELL will explore potential consequences of early life stress experiences on the welfare and quality of juvenile fish, substantiate the concept of allostatic stress regulation in fish and determine thresholds between eustress that are considered positive for welfare and distress that can have severe negative consequences for fish welfare as: “it will attempt to discriminate between normal adaptive stress responses and situations of potential consequence to animal welfare, in relation to different relevant husbandry practices and rearing methods” (WP3Allostasis and WP4 Ontogeny). The expected impact the COPEWELL project is to deepen our knowledge on the development of the brain function, behaviour and stress response in relation to the different husbandry practises and rearing methods. It will also serve to define how short or long episodes of stress during the early life affect the welfare and quality of juveniles and adult fish (WPs 3 & 4). It will significantly contribute in providing and extending the knowledge basis for the development of tools such as new individual-based indicators for a better assessment of fish welfare, e.g. by identifying and verifying non-invasive indicators of coping styles. Perhaps most important, COPEWELL will provide a new framework, based on evolutionary principles and an understanding of subjective experience of welfare as an evolved survival mechanism, making welfare available for scientific inquiry.

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2010-4
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET
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Nordnesgaten 50
5817 Bergen
Norway
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Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 537 430,70
Administrative Contact
Merethe Tødenes (Ms.)

Participants (17)

NOFIMA MARIN AS

Participation ended

Norway
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Muninbakken 9-13
9291 Tromso
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Bente Johansen (Ms.)
CENTRO DE CIENCIAS DO MAR DO ALGARVE
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 333 236
Address
Universidade Do Algarve
8005 032 Faro
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Cristina Maria Viegas Inácio (Dr.)
HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Greece
EU contribution
€ 475 372
Address
Leoforos Athens Sounio 46 7Km
19013 Attikia Anavissos
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stylianos Kastrinakis (Mr.)
ISPA CRL
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 246 019
Address
Rua Jardim Do Tabaco 34
1149 041 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rui Oliveira (Prof.)
NOFIMA AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 349 911
Address
Muninbakken 9-13
9291 Tromso
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Børge Damsgård (Dr.)
TCN Partnership Transnational Consulting Partnership

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 49 253,31
Address
Grosse Strasse 19-21
22926 Ahrensburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sigurdur Gretar Bogason (Dr.)
STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 388 579
Address
Geert Grooteplein Noord 9
6525 EZ Nijmegen
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Spoormakers (Mr.)
UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Norway
EU contribution
€ 290 360
Address
Problemveien 5-7
0313 Oslo
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kate Bronndal (Ms.)
UNI RESEARCH AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 313 385
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Nygardsgaten 112
5008 Bergen
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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ingebjørg Rosnes (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA

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Spain
EU contribution
€ 135 756,09
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Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Francisca Rabadán (Ms.)
PANEPISTIMIO KRITIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 262 544
Address
University Campus Gallos
74100 Rethimno
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eleni Karkanaki (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING
United Kingdom
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€ 307 707,90
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FK9 4LA Stirling
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eric Gibb (Mr.)
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 280 555
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Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Krister Halldin (Mr.)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 164 309
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ole Henrik Haslund (Mr.)
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
EU contribution
€ 193 700
Address
1625 Route De Sainte Anne Zone Industrielle De La Pointe Du Diable
29280 Plouzane
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Laurence Kerjouan (Ms.)
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 95 600
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Catherine Dermon (Prof.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 75 000
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Hans Van De Vis (Dr.)