Cephalopods in research

Both the Norwegian Animal Welfare Act, the Norwegian Regulation on the use of animals in research and the EU's Directive 2010/63 give protection to cephalopods.

This page is being used to collect links to resources concerned with cephalopods (especially octopus, squid and cuttlefish). Resources in the sections on fish and on other aquatic animals may also be useful.

General and species-specific recommendations for minimal requirements for the use of cephalopods in scientific research including 69 pages of supplementary information (Ponte et al., 2022)

Cephalopod Research (CephRes): a non-profit organisation with the aims of promoting the advancement of biological science and related disciplines, and education and advanced training, to foster the study and dissemination of knowledge regarding cephalopods and marine organisms that share their biota.

COST Action FA1301 (CephsInAction):
Network for Improvement of Cephalopod Welfare and Husbandry in Research, Aquaculture and Fisheries (2013-2017). The Action has its own website.

3R-resources (guidelines, databases, email lists and journals) that apply to cephalopods may be accessed in the 3R Guide database using the search engine on this website:

Severity classification of procedures used on fish may be of use when planning research involving cephalopods.

Other literature references and links:

This page was updated on 21 December 2023

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