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/
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.