Ultra low cost humane slaughter for fish (FS111)

Aim:

This project aims to develop ethical batch stunning equipment, which will focus on quality and low cost to make humane slaughter available to producers growing less than 50 tonnes per year, suitable for any fish or crustacean species.

Funding Amount:

£50,000

Duration of Project:

5 Months

Project Summary:

Humane slaughter is critical to customers, NGOs, supermarkets and regulators. This year the EU is rewriting its humane slaughter directives. In Canada, new legislation now requires humane slaughter of fish. But the required equipment is expensive and not suited to smaller producers or fishermen.

To date, unethical practices have been used to kill fish. CO2 was phased out in Europe (2012), but the bulk of the world’s fish are grown on family farms with limited resources. While crude batch electrical stunners are available they are poorly designed, causing damage to flesh and a poor stun due to the uneven distribution of the electric field, and are dangerous to operate.

Ace Aquatec has developed award winning slaughter equipment. However, the systems are complicated, highly engineered, and require significant space and electrical power. We propose the creation of an ethical batch stunning design, which will focus on quality and low cost to make humane slaughter available to producers growing less than 50 tonnes per year, suitable for any fish or crustacean species.

STATUS: Ongoing

Project Lead

Ace Aquatec Ltd