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Development of a novel production system for intensive and cost effective bivalve farming

Objective

The ShellPlant project proposes to develop a plant for closed production of bivalves (primarily high valued scallops and oysters). The plant will include a cultivating system for bivalves in an innovative rack system, an algae photo bioreactor and a feeding and water exchange system with intelligent controls. The coordinator company Bioframe has done several tests with a floating closed system for the nursery phase and grow-out of bivalves and the project will build on this promising early technology developments. The proposed project will strengthen the 6,000 SMEs working in the European aquaculture sector and over 50,000 SMEs in our supply chain. The sector has a turnover of more than €2.5Bn pa providing occupation for more than 80,000 people mainly in rural and coastal areas with high levels of unemployment. The ShellPlant project will focus on improving the profit of European shellfish sector and initiate the process of enhancing the level of innovation and exploitation of technology, in order to dissolve the obstacles of today’s challenges of intensive shellfish production. The shellfish farmers and the technology and service providers in the aquaculture industry are experiencing increasing non EU- competition, especially from Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Japan with regards to shellfish aquaculture technology. These high technological countries are focusing on innovation and product development to reduce shellfish production costs and increase the quality, and are increasingly focusing on the European market demand for seafood. In Europe, the fundamental issue is therefore the improvement and maintenance of competitiveness, productivity and durability of the aquaculture sector as a whole. Further development of the industry must take an approach where farming technologies, socio- economics, natural resources use and governance are all integrated to achieve sustainability.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

Bioframe AS
Address
Sigvat Skaldsveg 12
N-5518 Haugesund
Norway
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 401 235
Administrative Contact
Eystein Hansen (Mr.)

Participants (7)

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE RECURSOS BIOLOGICOS I.P. INRB

Participation ended

Portugal
Address
Rua Barata Salgueiro 37/4
1250042 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ramiro Gomes (Dr.)
PLADOMIN PLASTIC COMPONENTS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 184 605
Address
B San Miguel 45 Monte 45
39012 Santander
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfonso Sebrango (Mr.)
VARICON AQUA SOLUTIONS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 218 340
Address
Merebook Business Park Hanley Road Unit 8
WR13 6NP Malvern
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joseph Mcdonald (Mr.)
Tinamenor S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 129 729
Address
Marisma De Pesues 7
39594 Pesues-cantabria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carlos Mazorra (Dr.)
TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUTT AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 12 764
Address
Kabelgaten 2
N-0580 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Asbjorn Rune Ousland (Mr.)
SWANSEA UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 10 796
Address
Singleton Park
SA2 8PP Swansea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Julie Williams (Ms.)
INSTITUTO PORTUGUES DO MAR E DA ATMOSFERA IP
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 9 222
Address
Rua C Ao Aeroporto
1749 077 Lisboa
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Ramiro Gomes (Dr.)