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The Snapshot: Industry Benchmark on Decapod Crustacean Welfare

Crustacean Compassion has created the UK's first industry benchmark on decapod crustacean welfare, which assesses leading seafood producers, processors and retailers on their management and reporting practices.

Read on for more about The Snapshot and how it will help businesses to improve welfare standards, leading to benefits for both industry and decapod crustaceans, such as crabs, lobsters, prawns and nephrops (langoustines). 

The Snapshot

The Snapshot assesses the management and reporting practices of 30 UK companies, including household name brands and all major supermarkets.


It covers the welfare of crabs, lobsters and other crustaceans at every stage of the supply chain, from capture and handling to storage and slaughter. The Snapshot scores companies on a number of key criteria and identifies areas of progress, as well as areas where improvements are needed.

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The report and its summary findings were presented via a live, virtual launch on Wednesday 25 January.


If you missed it, you can catch up now and join Crustacean Compassion’s Director of Development, Claire Howard, and Corporate Engagement Advisor, Jane Bush, as they discuss the benchmark’s key findings and next steps.


Register your interest in future updates

Sign up for email updates about future Snapshot reports and other decapod welfare reports. Seafood professionals can also join the new Crustacean Industry Welfare Hub – visit the website for more information.

Thank you for registering your interest in our work. We promise to only contact you with updates on The Snapshot industry benchmark and other relevant projects.

Contact us at if you have any questions.


As part of the development process, we undertook a public consultation to gain the input of businesses and other stakeholders with an interest in decapod crustacean welfare.


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Following the inclusion of crabs, lobsters, and other crustaceans in the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act 2022, The Snapshot finds that while welfare is advancing up the business agenda, just 50% of companies have some kind of formal decapod crustacean welfare policy. 

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