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

Objetivo

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.

Convocatoria de propuestas

FP7-KBBE-2010-4
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Coordinador

HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET
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Nordnesgaten 50
5817 Bergen
Noruega
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Research Organisations
Aportación de la UE
€ 537 430,70
Contacto administrativo
Merethe Tødenes (Ms.)

Participantes (17)

NOFIMA MARIN AS

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

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Alemania
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€ 49 253,31
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Grosse Strasse 19-21
22926 Ahrensburg
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Sigurdur Gretar Bogason (Dr.)
STICHTING RADBOUD UNIVERSITEIT
Países Bajos
Aportación de la UE
€ 388 579
Dirección
Houtlaan 4
6525 XZ Nijmegen
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo
Peter Spoormakers (Mr.)
UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Noruega
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€ 290 360
Dirección
Problemveien 5-7
0313 Oslo
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo
Kate Bronndal (Ms.)
UNI RESEARCH AS
Noruega
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€ 313 385
Dirección
Nygardsgaten 112
5008 Bergen
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Research Organisations
Contacto administrativo
Ingebjørg Rosnes (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA

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España
Aportación de la UE
€ 135 756,09
Dirección
Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Francisca Rabadán (Ms.)
PANEPISTIMIO KRITIS
Greece
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€ 262 544
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University Campus Gallos
74100 Rethimno
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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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
Contacto administrativo
Eric Gibb (Mr.)
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Suecia
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€ 280 555
Dirección
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Krister Halldin (Mr.)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Dinamarca
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€ 164 309
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Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo
Ole Henrik Haslund (Mr.)
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
Francia
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€ 193 700
Dirección
1625 Route De Sainte Anne Zone Industrielle De La Pointe Du Diable
29280 Plouzane
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Research Organisations
Contacto administrativo
Laurence Kerjouan (Ms.)
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
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€ 95 600
Dirección
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo
Catherine Dermon (Prof.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Países Bajos
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€ 75 000
Dirección
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
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Research Organisations
Contacto administrativo
Hans Van De Vis (Dr.)