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Research & technological development to improve economic profitability and environmental Sustainability of sea Urchin farming

Objective

Sea urchin roe (gonad) is consumed worldwide, and is considered a luxury product which sells for lucrative prices in a number of markets. Because the demand for sea urchin roe - called “uni” in sushi bars - has grown dramatically over the past decade, many traditional fisheries have been heavily overfished and subsequently virtually depleted of sea urchins.
Because of its great commercial value and it limited supply due to overfishing, there has been much interest in the production of sea urchins through aquaculture. For these reason there is a general perception within the sector for a need to innovate to meet the following the increasing demand for sea urchin roe suitable for European and international markets, the need to reduce harvesting pressure on wild populations, making sea urchin aquaculture profitable.
The technology for maintaining urchin broodstocks, spawning, larval rearing and the production of high quality roe product has been well established. However, practical knowledge regarding the grow out phase (from juvenile to market size) which is the most expensive and time consuming production activity, is lagging behind.This proposal directly addresses an industry indentified bottleneck in the adoption of echinoculture by the European aquaculture industry.
For these reasons, RESURCH, a 24 months project, is proposed to further develop the technology required to make commercial sea urchin production a reality across Europe. The project will use cutting edge research from leaders in the field to address industry defined bottlenecks in sea urchin aquaculture. The proposed project will enhance the competitiveness and profitability of the Partner SMEs. An additional benefit of the enhancement of sea urchin aquaculture will be the possibility to reduce the harvesting pressure on wild stocks (presently occurring in a number of European countries as well as other countries around the world) to cope with increasing market demand.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/fisheries
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Address
Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 9 360
Administrative Contact
Gabriella Lucchetti (Prof.)

Participants (13)

THORISHOLMI EHF
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 166 558,25
Address
Adalgotu 11
340 Stykkisholmur
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Olafur Orn Asmundsson (Mr.)
SAEBYLI EHF
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 166 438,25
Address
Budarstigur 23
820 Eyrarbakki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Asgeir Gudnason (Mr.)
DUNMANUS SEAFOOD LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 165 479
Address
Dromreagh Durres
0000 Bantry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Chamberlain (Mr.)
ABALONE CHONAMARA TEORANTA
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 165 678,25
Address
Aille Barna
Galway
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Colin Hannon (Mr.)
CEDIMAR SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 163 878,25
Address
Via Dell'agricoltura 4
09030 Elmas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giacomo Tamponi (Mr.)
GIGANTE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 165 479
Address
Viale Jonio 152 A
74121 Taranto
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Grazia Basile (Dr.)
Ardag Cooperative Agricultural Society Ltd
Israel
EU contribution
€ 164 279
Address
Kampen Street, North Shore
88116 Eilat
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ido Zevulun (Mr.)
NOFIMA AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 6 500
Address
Muninbakken 9-13
9291 Tromso
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Johansen Bente (Mrs.)
THE SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION FOR MARINESCIENCE LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 4 800
Address
Scottish Marine Institute
PA37 1QA Dunbeg Oban
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Derek Black (Dr.)
MATIS OHF
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 5 000
Address
Vinlandsleid 12
113 Reykjavik
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ragnar Jóhannsson (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CAGLIARI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 4 800
Address
Via Universita 40
09124 Cagliari
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Pierantonio Addis (Dr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 4 850
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Giovanni Fanelli (Dr.)
ISRAEL OCEANOGRAPHIC AND LIMNOLOGICAL RESEARCH LIMITED
Israel
EU contribution
€ 4 800
Address
Tel Shikmona
31080 Haifa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Muki Shpigel (Prof.)