Animal Welfare Standards and Commercial Aquaculture Operations

Sponsored by the Agricultural and Food Law Consortium


Environmental and ethical considerations are playing an increasing role in the food purchasing decisions of consumers and retailers. The scrutiny of producers’ animal welfare practices is intensifying and animal welfare standards, voluntary and mandatory, are proliferating. The focus has traditionally been on terrestrial livestock operations, but concerns are also being raised about the welfare of farmed fish both on land and in the marine environment. This webinar will provide an overview of existing and emerging animal welfare standards for farmed fish.





This webinar was recorded on September 9, 2015.  To listen to a recording of the webinar, click here.


Stephanie Otts, Director, National Sea Grant Law Center


Stephanie Showalter Otts is the Director of the National Sea Grant Law Center and the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program at the University of Mississippi School of Law. Stephanie received a B.A. in History from Penn State University and a joint J.D./Masters of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and Mississippi. As Director, Stephanie oversees a variety of legal education, research, and outreach activities, including providing legal research services to Sea Grant constituents on ocean and coastal law issues. Stephanie also teaches a foundational course on ocean and coastal law at the University of Mississippi School of Law. Stephanie has conducted extensive research on marine aquaculture.


Research & Materials


Webinar Presentation

OIE Aquatic Animal Health Code

National Aquatic Animal Health Plan