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Feasibility study of triploid salmon production

Objective

With the rapid growth of aquaculture seen in recent years, one major fundamental problem has arisen being the environmental pollution due to increased numbers of escapee fish interacting with wild populations. A greater public awareness, the need to protect natural resources and increase the food safety requires the development and implementation of new environmental regulations. There is therefore an urgent need to address this negative environmental impact of salmon farming. To date, two means are available 1) preventing fish escaping by improving cage design and containment or 2) produce sterile fish. Although considerable technological advances have been made in the design of cage systems, no system will be fully reliable as escapees through natural disasters are inevitable. Therefore, there is a clear need to revive the previously abandoned triploid concept as the only means, known to date, to address the environmental impact of escapees contributing to genetic pollution. Furthermore, the production of sterile fish would be very beneficial to salmon breeders as a way to protect their domesticated stocks which are the result of long and costly selection processes aiming to improve important traits such as disease resistance, growth performance and flesh quality. Triploidy would also alleviate early maturation problems and subsequent welfare associated infringements and decreased quality standards. However, prior to discussing the potential implementation of such a radical change within the salmon farming industry, previously based on equivocal results, a sounder understanding of triploid requirements and performances is needed at a commercial scale given the significant advancement in rearing protocols made throughout the production cycle over the last decades. It is only through the establishment of a strong trans-national collaboration supported by key players of the salmon industry that such a project can be undertaken.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/crisis management
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/physical geography/natural disaster
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING
Address
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FK9 4LA Stirling
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 45 000
Administrative Contact
Sally Dimeo (Ms.)

Participants (8)

HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET
Norway
EU contribution
€ 10 000
Address
Nordnesgaten 50
5817 Bergen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anne Skarstein (Ms.)
AGROTECHNOLOGY AND FOOD INNOVATIONS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 10 000
Address
Bornsesteeg 59
6708 PD Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Peter Van Den Elzen (Dr.)
LANDCATCH NATURAL SELECTION LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 304 250
Address
Netherton
PA14 6YG Langabnk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ronald J. Roberts (Prof.)
AQUA GEN AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 240 500
Address
Havnegata 9
7462 Trondheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Odd Magne Rødseth (Mr.)
CENTRE FOR AQUACULTURE COMPETENCE AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 189 250
Address
Hundsnes
4130 Hjelmeland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Olav Breck (Mr.)
MARINE HARVEST (SCOTLAND) LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 42 000
Address
Glasgow Road Ratho Park 88
EH28 8PP Edinburgh
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kenny Mcintosh (Mr.)
MUIR GHEAL TEORANTA LIMITED

Participation ended

Ireland
Address
Tir An Fhia
N/A Lettermore
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
(Mr.)
SARL SALMO
France
EU contribution
€ 145 500
Address
La Filature
50330 Gonneville
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gavin Moss (Mr.)