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Safeguarding future production of fish in aquaculture systems with water recirculation

Objective

Globally, aquaculture is the fastest-growing animal food sector and today almost half of the World´s consumption of all fish products originates from aquaculture. However, high water consumption and nutrient release from fish farms cause environmental and public concern. This has led to development of fish breeding in systems with water recirculation, named RAS. RAS technology reduces the water consumption, but reuse of the water causes problems with respect to maintaining a high water quality, even when various water treatment approaches are used. In the RASOPTA project, new technologies for improvement of the water quality by reducing nutrients, controlling abundance of harmful bacteria and parasites, will be developed. To ensure a high welfare of the fish, stress level of the fish will be monitored, and for biosecurity reasons, potential spreading of pathogenic virus and bacteria from RAS farms will be examined. A major concern in RAS is microbial production of earthy off-flavours that accumulate in fish and reduce their consumer attractiveness. Occurrence of these microbes will be analysed to develop mitigation procedures. To ensure marketing of tasty fish with RAS technology, sensory and instrumental methods will be applied to determine ideal rearing conditions for optimum taste. For prediction of water quality and health issues in RAS, a DNA-based chip will be developed to allow an early warning of emerging problems in operating RAS. These research goals will be accomplished through interdisciplinary and university-industry driven research training by 8 universities, 3 research institutes and 8 companies. By combining new approaches within microbial ecology, molecular biology, bioinformatics and analytical technologies, the project will deliver solutions to remove barriers that restrict expansion of the innovative and highly efficient RAS fish production.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2020
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 892 566

Participants (8)

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 297 522
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Norway
EU contribution
€ 584 684,64
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 250 904,88
Address
Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ALLATORVOSTUDOMANYI KUTATOINTEZET
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 229 715,28
Address
Hungaria Korut 21
1143 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
HEILSUFRODILIGA STARVSSTOVAN
Faeroe Islands
EU contribution
€ 297 522
Address
Smyrilsvegur 7, 2
100 Torshavn
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN-NUERNBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 252 788,40
Address
Schlossplatz 4
91054 Erlangen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 252 788,40
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
LANDWIRTSCHAFTLICHES ZENTRUM FUR RINDERHALTUNG, GRUNLANDWIRTSCHAFT, MILCHWIRTSCHAFT, WILD UND FISCHEREI BADEN-WURTTEMBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 252 788,40
Address
Atzenberger Weg 99
88326 Aulendorf
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments