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Sustainable trade in ethical aquaculture

Objective

Trade in aquatic products is the largest global food sector, by value, and Asia represents the main external source of aquatic products into the EU. Current EU policy supporting international trade between Asia and Europe concentrates on issues of food safety as measures of quality, whilst market-forces drive development of standards and labels that identify social and environmental parameters. This project proposes to establish an evidence-based framework to support current stakeholder dialogues organised by a third party certifier. This will contribute to harmonising standards, helping consumers to make fully informed choices with regards to the sustainability and safety of their seafood. The ‘Ethical Aquatic Food Index’, a qualitative holistic measure of overall sustainability to support consumers’ purchasing decisions, will be based on detailed research centred around a Life Cycle Assessment of current processes involved in ensuring aquatic products reach consumers, aligned with analyses from the sustainable livelihoods approach and systems thinking. SMEs based in the EU will participate in this project, particularly the action research phase, enhancing their relative competitiveness. By strengthening the knowledge base surrounding EU-Asia seafood trade the project will provide the evidence required to support further expansion whilst ensuring a fair deal for producers who are meeting appropriate social and environmental goals and offering a safe and sustainable product for consumers. The sectors covered represent the main aquaculture products reaching EU markets; tilapia, catfish, shrimps and prawns. Known case study stakeholders include SMEs in Bangladesh, China, Thailand and Vietnam where sustainability is essential in the face of rapid growth. The research will secondarily improve understanding of opportunities for European exports to supply the expanding middleclass in Asia. Outputs will be promoted through workshops, websites, journal and press articles.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/fisheries
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2007-2A
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Funding Scheme

CP-SICA - Collaborative project for specific cooperation actions dedicated to international cooperation partner countries (SICA)

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING
Address
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FK9 4LA Stirling
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 474 696,48
Administrative Contact
Eric Gibb (Mr.)

Participants (14)

Food and Environment Research Agency
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 249 689
Address
Area 1A, Nobel House, Smith Square 17
SW1P 3JR London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Susan Bramford (Ms.)
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 591 335
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ivan Kristoffersen (Mr.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 435 807,24
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Van Den Brink (Dr.)
UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 539 109,50
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gerard W.J. Barendse (Dr.)
SHANGHAI OCEAN UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 230 687
Address
Jungong Road 334
200090 Shanghai
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yi Yang (Prof.)
CAN THO UNIVERSITY
Vietnam
EU contribution
€ 234 680,50
Address
3/2 Street, Can Tho City
84-710 Can Tho City
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Phuong Thanh Nguyen (Prof.)
KASETSART UNIVERSITY
Thailand
EU contribution
€ 375 714,85
Address
Ngamwongwan Road, Chatuchak 50
10900 Bangkok
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kriengkrai Satapornvanit (Dr.)
BANGLADESH AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
Bangladesh
EU contribution
€ 230 687
Address
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2202 Mymensingh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Abdul Wahab (Dr.)
WWF VERDENSNATURFONDEN

Participation ended

Denmark
EU contribution
€ 12 600
Address
Ryesgade 3F 3
2200 Kobenhavn N
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Jeanette Dorthea Sikemsen (Ms.)
INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR LIVING AQUATIC RESOURCES
Malaysia
EU contribution
€ 418 997,23
Address
Jalan Batu Maung Batu Mang
11960 Bayan Lepas
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Diemuth E. Pemsl (Dr.)
THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Italy
EU contribution
€ 149 989,73
Address
Viale Delle Terme Di Caracalla
00153 Roma
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lahsen Ababouch (Prof.)
UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Norway
EU contribution
€ 611 065
Address
Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Inger Gjesdahl (Ms.)
DANISH CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Participation ended

Denmark
EU contribution
€ 260 519,47
Address
Strandgade 56
1401 Copenhagen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ib M.C. Nielsen (Mr.)
DANSK INSTITUT FOR INTERNATIONALE STUDIER
Denmark
Address
Ostbanegade 117
2100 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Annette Holm (Ms.)