If you want politically correct coffee (whether organic or fair trade), there is plenty of choice at the supermarket. But if you are concerned about the fish you eat, it gets a bit harder. A welfare monitor for farmed fish has been developed which can help with this. Like a Big Brother, the system keeps a constant eye on the fish.
All this data is sent to a central computer which then produces advice for the fish farmer, explains Victor Immink of the LEI. Immink researched how the monitor can be used in practice – a stage that has not been reached yet. ‘Implementation will raise quite a few questions. For example, how do you handle this information? Who owns it? And do you need to set up a platform to steer the introduction process? If so, who should be involved?’
Nevertheless, the system has big advantages. The monitor can put together a sort of CV for every fish – in Immink’s words, ‘ a report that you send with it: this is what has happened to this fish. It makes it possible to bring in a labeling system in which specific qualities can be emphasized. You can compare it with the certification of coffee.’