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Third AQUAEXCEL Key Achievements Booklet Now Available

A new publication entitled AQUAEXCEL Key Achievements 2014 summarises the latest activities and results of the AQUAEXCEL (Aquaculture infrastructures for excellence in European fish research) project.

AQUAEXCEL is an EC FP7-funded project which aims to integrate key aquaculture research infrastructures across Europe in order to promote their coordinated use and development. The project’s focus is on further improving the efficiency of aquaculture production and supporting European research activities in this area. The AQUAEXCEL Key Achievements 2014 booklet is the third in a series of four booklets outlining the recent accomplishments of the project for a non-expert audience. Key outputs of the project are highlighted in the booklet. These include: details of a new online bioinformatic tool, entitled Fish and Chips, that contains all the public gene expression data related to fish species in various physiological conditions; the development of new tagging tools and procedures for individual identification of sea bass and gilthead sea bream larvae and juveniles; and the identification of new genomic information through gene expression analysis to potentially characterise markers for welfare and health status in salmon, trout and sea bream. The booklet also includes a report from the successful 'Research Infrastructures: adding value to European aquaculture industry' workshop hosted by AQUAEXCEL at the Aquaculture Europe 2014 conference in San Sebastian, Spain. Over the course of the project, AQUAEXCEL regularly invited proposals from European research groups for scientific research that utilised the facilities of the participating aquaculture Research Infrastructures. Results of research carried out under the Transnational Access programme are also highlighted in the booklet. All publications in the AQUAEXCEL Key Achievements series are available to download from or in hardcopy by request. To request hard copies of these booklets, or for press queries, please contact: Marieke Reuver, Programme Manager, AquaTT, Dublin, Ireland, email: web: Notes for Editors AQUAEXCEL will run until February 2015 with an overall budget of €11.8 million. The project will receive a total of €9.2 million of EU funding under the ‘Research Infrastructures' area of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), reflecting the EU’s interest in prioritising aquaculture and boosting the aquaculture sector by promoting research for competitiveness and environmental sustainability. AQUAEXCEL is coordinated by France’s Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) which leads a strong partnership of sixteen institutions from Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain and the UK. AquaTT is the project’s communications and dissemination partner. For more information, please visit:


Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czechia, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, United Kingdom