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Addressing aquaculture's most pressing issues.

The Alliance for Responsible Aquaculture is a collective of producers, corporations, and NGOs supporting Aquaculture Best Practices, led by Fish Welfare Initiative.

The Alliance for Responsible Aquaculture supports practices that are:

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More Fair: No one should be left behind. We ensure farmers access better markets and are fairly compensated.

More Natural: Fish produced in higher welfare, extensive systems, require fewer chemical inputs like antibiotics.

More Kind: Fish have improved living conditions, and suffer less from disease and mass mortality.

We Work With:

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The work of the Alliance for Responsible Aquaculture plays an important role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The ARA is currently catered towards producers and procurers of
Indian Major Carp.


For Farmers:

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The ARA works closely with farmers. One of the most consistent things we’ve learned from our work is this: Fish farmers care about their fish. Incorporating fish welfare in aquaculture practices means fish that grow faster and healthier, and more benefits for farmers. The ARA is currently working with over 70 fish farms in Andhra Pradesh. Contact us if you are a farmer and interested in learning more about

the ARA’s work. 

We are looking for fish farmers in Nellore and West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh to join the Alliance for Responsible Aquaculture. The following are the benefits and expectations of being an alliance member.

What is required from farmers:

  • Stocking at the recommended levels.

  • Keeping records.

  • Taking corrective action to improve water quality as recommended by your local FWI representative.

  • Allowing your local FWI representative access to your farm.

What farmers gain access to:

  • Free of cost water quality monitoring.

  • Free advice on best management practices.

  • Possible future market linkages.

  • Possible insurance qualifications.

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For Corporations:

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Corporations are increasingly seeing the importance of fish welfare for sustainable and resilient business practices. European companies have already set precedent for incorporating welfare into their procurement and production policies, and Indian corporations are now following suit. Our corporate work is focused on supporting corporations in

incorporating welfare into their production and procurement policies. 

Join the corporations that have already seen the value in fish welfare, contact us to learn more about the ARA’s corporate support work.

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For Organizations:

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The Alliance for Responsible Aquaculture aims to improve the welfare outcomes of billions of fish through researching and executing collaborative welfare interventions. To this end, we are highly committed to collaborating with

research, education, and non-profit institutions on shared goals. Our partner organizations, Gramodaya Trust and Bhavi Aqua and Fish FPO, have greatly contributed to improving fish welfare by regularly introducing us to aligned farmers in our project areas. 

Contact us to learn more about collaborative opportunities.


Why Fish Welfare?

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Aquaculture is the fastest-growing food sector worldwide. In India, many fish reared in aquaculture suffer greatly. Welfare issues include diseases, crowding, improper handling, poor water quality, and the inability to display natural behavior. The Alliance for Responsible Aquaculture was formed to improve the welfare of fish as much as possible.

Because welfare is the right thing for thriving businesses, healthy societies, sustainable environments, and, most importantly, fishes. 

Learn more about why fish welfare is important.

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Want to learn more? Contact us.

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