Completed at 24/11/2023
Joao Saraiva is a fish ethologist with a special interest in welfare. He is currently leading the Fish Ethology and Welfare Group at CCMAR and is the president of the FishEthoGroup Association. With a background on behaviour and communication in teleosts, João now focuses on the application of fundamental science to improve the welfare of farmed fishes. He is the author of many scientific papers and co-editor of a book on welfare of cultured and experimental fishes.
Along with his research production, João is regularly invited to speak about fish welfare in international events related to science, policy or dissemination. He is an invited lecturer of Ethology at the University of Algarve. João works also as a consultant for the European Commission and other private stakeholders and is part of the team responsible for the CAREFISH project – establishment of fish welfare requirements in the Friend Of the Sea certification label, both in fisheries and and fish farming.
Leonidas Papacharisis is an Ichthyologist with advanced studies in Quality Management and he received MPhil in Fisheries Economics from the Business School of University οf Portsmouth (UK). Leonidas holds Executive MBA degree from American College of Greece, American Lab of Business Administration (ALBA) located in Athens (GR).
He has been also working in the aquaculture industry since 1996, initially as a business consultant. On 2003 started working in NIREUS SA as QA/QC Manager, and since 2009 he took over the Research & Development department of the company. Currently works for Andromeda Seafood Ltd as Group Director of Quality Assurance and Occupational Health and Safety departments. He is president of Hellenic Aquaculture and Technology Platform since 2018 and technical consultant of HAPO.
Michail Pavlidis, Biologist, is a Professor of “Biology-Physiology of Marine Organisms” at the epartment of Biology, University of Crete, Greece. He was also Docent Professor in “Aquaculture-Biotechnology of Broodstock Management” at the University of Kuopio (now University of Eastern Finland), Kuopio, Finland. He received his M.Sc in Public Health at the School of Public Health and Hygiene, Athens and his PhD in Biology, University of Athens, Greece.
His current research is focusing on the molecular, neuro-endocrine and environmental interactions involved in the regulation of the stress response, in relation to individual differences in coping strategies, and on the development of non-invasive reliable welfare indicators in fish species. He is currently coordinator of the Erasmus Plus Joint Master Degree in “Aquaculture, Environment and Society”. He coordinates the FELASA Accredited Course “Care and use of laboratory animals: mice, rats and zebrafish”. Co-editor of the books “The Welfare of Fish” (Springer, 2020) and “Sparidae: Biology and aquaculture of gilthead sea bream and other species” (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011). Member of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for the assessment of welfare of European sea bass and gilthead sea bream. Since March 2017, is a National Representative at the SCAR (Standing Committee on Agricultural Research) FISH Strategic Working Group. Since September 2020 is a vice rector of Research and Development at the University of Crete.
Natasha is the Fish Policy and Research Manager at Compassion in World Farming, part of an international team working to improve the welfare of aquatic animals via lobbying, public campaigning, and food business engagement. Natasha provides research and technical support for the project, which aims to progress fish welfare legislation in the European Union.
Before joining Compassion, Natasha gained a BSc in Biological Sciences at the University of Reading, and an MSc and PhD in Animal Behaviour at the University of Exeter. Her doctorate research focused on the social behaviour of farmed animals, as related to their welfare and productivity. For her master’s research Natasha studied the behaviour of European fiddler crabs, investigating the mechanisms of animal communication networks.
Ivona Mladineo is a DVM that for over 20 years has been working in the field of fish diseases and welfare, in particular studying economically important marine and zoonotic parasites. She is the head of the Laboratory of Functional Helminthology, Institute of Parasitology in Czechia. Collaborating on many national and international projects, she is now the coordinator of the Horizon Europe project Cure4Aqua.