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RSPCA welfare standards for farmed Atlantic salmon 45 September 2015

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Appendix 1

RSPCA Veterinary Health and Welfare Plan guidance notes

This document provides complementary notes to the RSPCA welfare standards for farmed

Atlantic salmon, and is intended as guidance for producers and their veterinary surgeons during

the formulation of their written Veterinary Health and Welfare Plan (VHWP). All farms are

different and, therefore, these notes are not intended to be prescriptive but to offer guidance

regarding the main areas which should be considered. In places, some of the requirements of

RSPCA welfare standards are highlighted. However, these are just relevant examples and the

RSPCA welfare standards must be consulted in full for the detailed requirements.

The RSPCA is grateful to those who assisted in formulating these guidance notes - particularly

Pete Southgate BvetMed MSc MRCVS of the Fish Vet Group veterinary surgeons, and Steve

Kestin BSc PhD of the University of Bristol, for their invaluable contribution. The Society would

also like to thank members of the RSPCA Salmon Standards Working Group for their advice.

Appendix 1 contents

Part A: VHWP Guidelines on fish health

Pete Southgate BvetMed MSc MRCVS, Fish Vet Group

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Biosecurity

General management

Disease and physical damage - control and monitoring

Training

Information on major common parasites and diseases

Classification of causes of death

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Part B: VHWP Guidelines on ensuring fish

welfare at slaughter

Steve Kestin BSc PhD, University of Bristol

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Introduction

What is humane slaughter?

What parts of the operation do we need to examine?

Assessing the pre-slaughter crowd

The 'feed-back' loop

Signs to watch out for

Maintaining a good crowd

Methods for conveying fish to the slaughter table

Managing a good stunning operation

Assessing the effectiveness of stunning

Determining whether fish are adequately stunned

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