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From capture based to SELF-sustained aquaculture and Domestication Of bluefin tuna, Thunnus thynnus

Objective

SELFDOTT proposes to implement knowledge already obtained on the artificial control of reproduction of the Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT), Thunnus thynnus, to obtain viable eggs, and study embryonic and larval development for the production of fry (juveniles). At the same time, suitable and environmentally performing feeds for the growout of BFT will be developed, thus reducing or eliminating the practice of raw fish importation and feeding by the fattening industry. Wild juvenile and mature BFT will be reared in captivity at two sites in the Mediterranean, and will be used to study puberty, gametogenesis, and the influence of diet on reproductive maturation and gamete quality. Mature fish will be induced to spawn using hormone implants and the eggs will be collected using devices designed specifically for cages. To establish the knowledge-base for controlled development of BFT larvae, the mesocosm and artificial larval rearing methods will be employed. The ontogenesis of essential biological functions will be studied, including environmental perception, digestion, immunity and behaviour. A protocol for the commercial-scale larval rearing of BFT will be recommended at the end of the project. Whole body and stomach composition of wild fish will be analyzed and serve as a guide to formulate nutritionally complete artificial feeds for BFT. Juveniles will be captured from the wild, adapted to captive conditions and used to carry out weaning and feeding experiments, using moist and dry pelleted diets. The environmental impact of the formulated feeds will be examined and compared to existing raw-fish practises. SELFDOTT will produce the basic knowledge necessary for the development of a self-sustained aquaculture industry for the BFT in the Mediterranean, thus enhancing the competitiveness of the EU aquaculture industry, while at the same time reducing the pressure on the wild BFT stocks and ensuring the conservation and recovery of this magnificent fish.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/fisheries

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

INSTITUTO ESPANOL DE OCEANOGRAFIA
Address
Corazon De Maria 8
28002 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 613 250
Administrative Contact
Fernando De La Gándara (Dr.)

Participants (13)

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Greece
EU contribution
€ 383 603
Address
Leoforos Athens Sounio 46 7Km
19013 Attikia Anavissos
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stylianos Kastrinakis (Mr.)
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
EU contribution
€ 287 149
Address
1625 Route De Sainte Anne Zone Industrielle De La Pointe Du Diable
29280 Plouzane
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marie-José Clement (Ms.)
HEINRICH-HEINE-UNIVERSITAET DUESSELDORF
Germany
EU contribution
€ 137 080
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 1
40225 Dusseldorf
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Uwe Droste
TUNA GRASO SA

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 466 614,43
Address
Carretera De La Palma Km 7
30593 Cartagena
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Martínez Cañabate (Mr.)
Ministry of the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change
Malta
EU contribution
€ 91 281
Address
6 Qormi Road
SVR 1301 Santa Venera
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Robert Vassallo-Agius (Dr.)
ISRAEL OCEANOGRAPHIC AND LIMNOLOGICAL RESEARCH LIMITED
Israel
EU contribution
€ 308 443
Address
Tel Shikmona
31080 Haifa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Meir Arieli (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE CADIZ
Spain
EU contribution
€ 44 900
Address
Centro Cultural Reina Sofia Paseo Carlos Iii N9
11003 Cadiz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Javier Izquierdo Antón (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI BARI ALDO MORO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 119 618
Address
Piazza Umberto I 1
70121 Bari
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gregorio De Metrio (Prof.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 63 500
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jocelyn Mere (Ms.)
SKRETTING AQUACULTURE RESEARCH CENTRE AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 50 500
Address
Po Box 319
4016 Stavanger
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Karl Sveinsvoll (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE MONTPELLIER 2 SCIENCES ET TECHNIQUES
France
EU contribution
€ 39 512
Address
Place Eugene Bataillon 2
34095 Montpellier
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Aurore Marcos (Ms.)
MFF LTD
Malta
EU contribution
€ 242 521
Address
Elbros Triq L Industrija Kirkop
KKP9042 Kirkop
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Simeon Deguara (Dr.)
CALADEROS DEL MEDITERRANEO S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 131 994,57
Address
Andres Cegarra Cayuela S/n
30360 La Union
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Martínez Cañabate (Mr.)