The first ever specialised European centre for aquatic animals is expected to open on Greece’s island of Crete.
In an announcement made by Greece’s Agricultural Minister Lefteris Avgenakis, the centre will provide technical support and assistance to European countries who have influence in animal welfare.
During the meeting between Greece’s government and other European Union ministers, a decision was made that the University of Crete would be one of four institutions in Europe to have this facility and the first to focus on aquatic animal issues.
This decision comes at a time when there is difficult policy making decisions regarding animal welfare taking place, with many European countries wanting an overhaul of animal welfare rules.
According to the Greek Ministry, the overall aim of this project is to promote scientific research on aquatic animal welfare and to ensure the management and protection of the bio-diverse environment.