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A cutting edge platform for data management and analysis to assist European fish aquaculture in its development towards higher performance and competitiveness

Objective

The idea of developing a systematic approach to collect and analyse hatchery data across sites and companies was conceived during the FineFish project (EU FP6, COLL-CT-2005-012451, “Improving sustainability of European fish aquaculture by control of malformations”). An innovative IT solution, ‘FindIT’, was designed to enable sectoral benchmarking, allowing a hatchery to measure its own performance against consolidated data from other hatcheries. No formal tool existed for this approach before FindIT. The FindIT prototype led rapidly to the development of a cloud-based data collection and storage system allowing professional hatcheries not only to organise and store their monitoring data but also to compute other indicators useful for both monitoring and benchmarking of individual hatcheries at a European level. Malformation rate was the main key performance indicator (KPI) for FineFish but it was realised that other KPIs should be considered and integrated in FindIT’s capacities, such as resistance to disease, growth rate, morphology, survival etc. - factors that are vital for successful and competitive aquaculture.
With extensive data collection and analyses – using innovative data-mining techniques - critical factors can be discovered that explain the variability of these KPIs, which will lead to preventive and corrective actions that will continuously improve competitiveness of hatchery operations and support future strategic decisions.
FindIT is a functional prototype but developments are needed to bring the system to a commercial level for use by a widespread community of users. To quantify and fill the actual market gap for such a tool, the applicability of FindIT has to be demonstrated so that operators will fully understand the potential, capabilities and benefits of this innovative solution. The project will study the market potential and prepare a business plan for FindIT, forseeing the creation of a stand-alone activity for its commercial exploitation.

Field of science

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

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2013-7-single-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

FEDERATION EUROPEENNE DES PRODUCTEURS AQUACOLES ASSOCIATION
Address
Rue Blaise Pascal 160
33127 Saint Jean D Illac
France
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 84 090
Administrative Contact
Catherine Pons (Mrs.)

Participants (7)

PEPITE SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 283 077
Address
Avenue De L'observatoire 347
4000 Liege
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Philippe Mack (Mr.)
PANEPISTIMIO KRITIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 80 987
Address
University Campus Gallos
74100 Rethimno
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eleni Karkanaki (Mrs.)
NOFIMA AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 238 000
Address
Muninbakken 9-13
9291 Tromso
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Grete Baevefjord (Dr.)
BOLAKS AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 113 500
Address
Lammaneset
5640 Eikelandsosen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bjorg Antonsen (Mrs.)
INVE TECHNOLOGIES NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 139 116
Address
Hoogveld 93
9200 Dendermonde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tania De Wolf (Mrs.)
Selonda Aquaculture S.A.
Greece
EU contribution
€ 18 366
Address
Navarhou Nikodimou 30
151 25 Athens
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Iannis Zarkadas (Mr.)
LEROY MIDNOR AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 8 043
Address
-
7247 Hestvika Hitra
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ingvild Johanne Aarhus (Mrs.)