Maria Cabrera-Álvarez

Maria Cabrera-Álvarez
Centro de Ciências do Mar | CCMAR · Fish Ethology and Welfare group

Doctor of Philosophy

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Publications (19)
Poster
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The summer shoal is back in 2022! After a forced halt in the last two years, 2022 marks the return of the pioneer event gathering stakeholders in constructive dialogue around the welfare of fish. The Fishethogroup, fair-fish international and CCMAR are pleased to announce the IV Summer Shoal in Fish Ethology and Welfare 2022. In recent times, the...
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Environmental enrichment can improve the welfare of captive fish. Its objective is to provide new sensorial and motor stimulation in order to help meet their behavioural, physiological, morphological and psychological needs, while reducing stress and frequency of abnormal behaviours. In fish farms, rearing environments are usually designed from a h...
Technical Report
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The purpose of this study is to analyse the particular welfare needs in live animal transport of aquatic animals. The in-depth analysis describes the key causes of suffering in relation to the needs of farmed fish, and explores strengths and weaknesses in the EU regulation and in current guidelines. Recommendations are made to mitigate the many wel...
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It was thought that tool use in animals is an adaptive specialization. Recent studies, however, have shown that some non-tool-users, such as rooks and jays, can use and manufacture tools in laboratory settings. Despite the abundant evidence of tool use in corvids, little is known about the neural mechanisms underlying tool use in this family of bir...
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The neural mechanisms regulating social behaviour have received extensive attention in recent years, with much focus on 'complex' forms of sociality. Comparatively little research has addressed fundamental social behaviour, such as grouping, which impacts multiple determinants of fitness, such as foraging and avoiding predation. We are interested i...
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Predation is an important factor during adaptation to novel environments and the feralisation of introduced domestic species often involves responding appropriately to allopatric predators despite a background of domestication and inbreeding. Twenty years ago domestic guppies were introduced to a semi-natural environment at Burgers' Zoo in the Neth...

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This doctorate program aims to assess and improve the welfare status of Gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata) reared under intensive conditions at the different phases of the whole aquaculture process (such as breeders, hatchery and nursery, and on-growing phases) through a multidisciplinary approach. Indeed, diverse innovative methodologies will be developed and validated to improve (EE), evaluate (OWIs) and monitor (PFF) the welfare status of seabream at different life-stages and farming conditions.
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Fish welfare is presently a “hot topic”. From research to policy, from aquaculture to fisheries, the term welfare regarding fish is currently more applied than ever. However, this surge in the use of the term "welfare" is not linked to a proportional and effective improvement of the lives of the fish we eat or somehow bring to our sphere of utilisation. In this long-term project we aim to: - identify the reasons for this lag; - address knowledge gaps regarding fish welfare: - establish effective bridges between stakeholders in the fish sector: academia, industry, policy and consumers.
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Describe the behaviour and assess the welfare state of all farmed fish species