Potential new species for European Aquaculture

Exploring the biological and socio-economic potential of new/emerging candidate fish species for the expansion of the European aquaculture industry.

Potential new species for European Aquaculture
Start date: 1. December 2013
End date: 30. November 2018
Financed by: EU
In cooperation with: HELLENIC CENTER FOR MARINE RESEARCH (HCMR), INSTITUT DE RECERCA I TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES (IRTA), FUNDACION CANARIA PARQUE CIENTIFICO TECNOLOGICO DE LA UNIVERSIDAD DE LAS PALAMAS DE GRAN CANARIA (FCPCT), ISRAEL OCEANOGRAPHIC AND LIMNOLOGICAL RESEARCH LIMITED (IOLR), THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN (UNIABDN), STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK (DLO), HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET (IMR), INSTITUTO ESPAÑOL DE OCEANOGRAFIA (IEO), UNIVERSITÉ DE LORRAINE (UL), TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN (TU/e), AARHUS UNIVERSITET (AU), ASOCIACIÓN EMPRESARIAL DE PRODUCTORES DE CULTIVOS MARINOS (APROMAR), UNIVERSITÁ DEGLI STUDI DI BARI ALDO MORO (UNIBA), INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER (IFREMER), UNIVERSIDAD DE LA LAGUNA (ULL), FACULTES UNIVERSITAIRES NOTRE-DAME DE LA PAIX DE NAMUR (FUNDP), NASJONALT INSTITUTT FOR ENAERINGS-OG SJOMATFORSKNING (NIFES), FUNDACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO ACUICULTURA DE ANDALUCIA (CTAQUA), CONSELLERIA DO MAR - XUNTA DE GALICIA (CMRM), SKRETTING AQUACULTURE RESEARCH CENTRE AS (SARC), DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET (DTU), STERLING WHITE HALIBUT AS (SWH), ICHTHYOKALLIERGEIES ARGOSARONIKOU ANONYMI ETAIRIA (ARGO), AZIENDA AGRICOLA ITTICA CALDOLI (ITTICAL), DOR DGEY YAM LTD (DOR), VAS. GEITONAS & CO LTD EE (GEI), AQUACULTURE FORKYS AE, (FORKYS), CANARIAS EXPLOTACIONES MARINAS SL (CANEXMAR), ASIALOR SARL (ASIALOR), CULMAREX S.A.U. (CULMAREX), IRIDA AE-PRODUCTS FOR ANIMAL PRODUCTION-SERVICES IRIDA), AYUNTAMIENTO DE A CORUNA (MC2), SYNDESMOS ELLHNIKON THALASSOKALLIERGEION SOMATEO (FGM), BUNDESVERBAND DER DEUTSCHEN FISCHINDUSTRIE UND DES FISCHGROSSHANDELS E.V. (BVFi), HUNGARIAN AQUACULTURE ASSOCIATION (MASZ), ASOCIACION NACIONAL DE FABRICANTES DE CONSERVAS DE PESCADOS Y MARISCOS-CENTRO TECNICO NACIONAL DE CONSERVACION DE PRODUCTOS DE LA PESCA, EUROPEAN FOOD INFORMATION COUNCIL AISBL (EUFIC), KENTRO MELETON AGORAS KAI KOINIS GNOMIS ANONIMI EMPORIKI ETAIRIA (HRH),
The project is lead by: Hellenic Centre of Marine Research

Background

The European aquaculture is a modern industry employing 190,000 people, with a €7 billion ex-farm value. DIVERSIFY identified a number of new/emerging finfish species, with a great potential for the expansion of the EU aquaculture industry. These species are fast growing and/or large finfishes, marketed at a large size; meagre (Argyrosomus regius) and greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili) for warm-water marine cage culture, wreckfish (Polyprion americanus) for warm- and cool-water marine cage culture, Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus) for marine cold-water culture, grey mullet (Mugil cephalus) a euryhaline herbivore for pond/extensive culture, and pikeperch (Sanders lucioperca) for freshwater intensive culture using recirculation systems. These species were selected based both on their biological and economical potential, and to cover the entire European geographic area and stimulate different aquaculture types. DIVERSIFY aims at overcoming the documented bottlenecks in the production, expanding production and increasing aquaculture products of these species through biological and technological research while socioeconomic research will help to identify preferred products and to develop new markets. NIFES is participating in the DIVERSIFY with research on nutrition in reproduction and larval rearing of Atlantic halibut. Web page: http://diversify-eu.weebly.com/

Objective

An efficient, sustainable and market-oriented expansion of the EU aquaculture sector based on new fish species and products will reduce the dependence of the EU on imports, reduce the pressure on over-exploited fisheries in the EU and explore new segments and tailor-made products for the EU market.

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