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Improved production strategies for endangered freshwater species.

Objective

The IMPRESS European Training Network will provide a new generation of researchers with the multidisciplinary skills and competences needed to oversee new stocking strategies for Europe’s most important and threatened freshwater fish species (Atlantic salmon, European eel and sturgeons) thus enabling conservation and growth in a sector of significant economic and societal importance. Freshwater fish populations bring many benefits to Europe´s citizens through leisure activities, and enhance rural employment through fishing and tourism. The species included in IMPRESS are sentinel species of clean, healthy freshwater ecosystems and of major historical, cultural and economic importance. Over-exploitation and anthropogenic activities have critically endangered wild populations of these fish groups, especially sturgeons. As the main flaw of past stock enhancement is high post-release mortality, the researcher training in IMPRESS will build upon recent scientific advances, especially in fish genomics and enriched hatchery techniques, to develop innovative production regimes resulting in increased survival rates of released fish. This paradigm shift in stock enhancement strategies will require changes at every level of the production cycle, from broodstock management and gamete quality to hatchery design. New in vitro and -omics technologies will be developed to solve current bottlenecks in the production cycle of sturgeons. IMPRESS will also verse young researchers on the social dimensions of this complex issue, including the need to foster closer dialogue with the important stakeholders responsible for national and regional stocking programmes. Further, through dissemination and public engagement, all IMPRESS fellows will work actively to increase public awareness on the importance of these key fish species to freshwater biodiversity, and on the major societal benefits of healthy fish populations, both for recreational activities and for supporting rural employment.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/genetics and heredity/genome
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /social sciences/sociology/demography/mortality
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/ecosystems/freshwater ecosystems
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/zoology/ichthyology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/freshwater biology
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/employment

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

NORGES MILJO-OG BIOVITENSKAPLIGE UNIVERSITET
Address
Universitetstunet 3
1433 As
Norway
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 858 825,72

Participants (8)

MUSEUM NATIONAL D'HISTOIRE NATURELLE
France
EU contribution
€ 262 875,60
Address
Rue Cuvier 57
75005 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 495 745,92
Address
Camino De Vera Sn Edificio 3A
46022 Valencia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 498 432,96
Address
Rudower Chaussee 17
12489 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM
Israel
EU contribution
€ 520 601,04
Address
Edmond J Safra Campus Givat Ram
91904 Jerusalem
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
JIHOCESKA UNIVERZITA V CESKYCH BUDEJOVICICH
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 464 844,96
Address
Branisovska 31A
370 05 Ceske Budejovice
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ZF-SCREENS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 374,28
Address
J H Oortweg 19
2333 CH Leiden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CONSERVATOIRE NATIONAL DU SAUMON SAUVAGE
France
EU contribution
€ 262 875,60
Address
Larma
43300 Chanteuges
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PROJECTES I SERVEIS R MES D SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 247 872,96
Address
Calle Buenos Aires 4 Planta 2 Puerta 3
46360 Bunol
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (5)

STIFTELSEN NORSK INSTITUTT FOR NATURFORSKNING NINA
Norway
Address
Hogskoleringen 9
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
GENERALITAT VALENCIANA
Spain
Address
Calle Caballeros -(Palau De La Generalitat) 2
46001 Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Comunitat de Pescadors El Palmar
Spain
Address

El Palmar
Activity type
Other
Galilee Caviar Cooperative Society ltd
Israel
Address

Tel Aviv
Activity type
Other
Fischzucht Rhönforelle GmbH & Co
Germany
Address
Rendelmüle
D-36129 Gersfeld
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)