FAI Farms launches free tilapia welfare courses

Lessons provided in English and Portuguese

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International food animal solutions company FAI Farms has launched two free online courses in English and Portuguese on tilapia nutrition and welfare for hatcheries, farmer, and processors.

Speaking at Seafood Expo North America in Boston yesterday, FAI chief executive Øistein Thorsen said: “The goal of these courses is to enable the people who care for the fish every day, to make informed decisions about tilapia welfare and nutrition that will improve growth, health, performance and profitability.”

The first course on Tilapia Welfare Indicators is available in English and Portuguese. The second course on Tilapia Nutrition and Welfare is available in English.

The modules are part of a series of courses focused on the basic principles of how to assess the nutritional, environmental, health, and behavioural needs of tilapia. The courses also give practical tips on which feed to buy, the feeding routines, husbandry, and how to use the Nutrition Welfare Indicators.

Easy to understand

Hasim Djamil, veterinarian for tilapia producer Regal Springs Indonesia, said: “This training course is attractive and pleasant and make complex issues simple and easy to understand. I will share it with my team.”

After completing each module, learners have the option to do a final quiz and get a free certificate of completion.

“The Tilapia Nutrition and Welfare courses were created by welfare practitioners alongside farmers. It is interactive, easy to access, and free to use. Our hope is that this will facilitate large scale adoption of the training within the industry,” said Sara Barrento, E-learning and aquaculture programme manager at FAI.

FAI Farms is a research, data and consultancy business that belonged to aquaculture biotechnology company Benchmark Holdings until it completed a management buyout in August 2020.