NIFES is one of the leading partners in an EU FP7 cooperative research project – Parasite risk assessment with integrated tools in EU fish production value chains – PARASITE. The project consortium comprises 15 research partners, as well as six fishing companies including one from Norway. NIFES runs the project’s work package that deals with parasite adundance in 10 of the commercially most important fish species from major European fishing areas including the North Sea and Norwegian Sea. The actual work package also includes surveys of parasite abundance in several of the most commonly imported fish species in Europe, including farmed catfish (Pangasius) from Vietnam, and tuna from the Philippines.
Some commonly occurring parasites in wild-caught marine fish, such as the larvae of certain species of roundworms (nematodes), are important with respect to food safety and aesthetic product quality. The project’s main objective is to provide the scientific basis for the development of tools for the effective management and control with regards to potentially human hazardous parasites in fish and fishery products sold on European markets.