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Exploring the biological and socio-economic potential of new/emerging candidate fish species for the expansion of the European aquaculture industry

Exploring the biological and socio-economic potential of new/emerging candidate fish species for the expansion of the European aquaculture industry

Objective

The European aquaculture is a modern industry employing 190,000 people, with a €7 billion ex-farm value. This sector is well situated to be among world leaders in the efficient and sustainable production of safe seafood of the highest quality and nutritional value, taking into account consumer preferences and the large diversity of aquatic products from the wild. DIVERSIFY identified a number of new/emerging finfish species, with a great potential for the expansion of the EU aquaculture industry. The emphasis is on Mediterranean or warm-water cage culture, but also addressed are cold-water, pond/extensive and fresh water aquaculture. These new/emerging species are fast growing and/or large finfishes, marketed at a large size and can be processed into a range of products to provide the consumer with both a greater diversity of fish species and new value-added products. DIVERSIFY focuses on meagre (Argyrosomus regius) and greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili) for warm-water marine cage culture, wreckfish (Polyprion americanus) for warm- and cool-water marine cage culture, Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus) for marine cold-water culture, grey mullet (Mugil cephalus) a euryhaline herbivore for pond/extensive culture, and pikeperch (Sanders lucioperca) for freshwater intensive culture using RAS. These species were selected based both on their biological and economical potential, and to cover the entire European geographic area and stimulate different aquaculture types. In collaboration with a number of SMEs, DIVERSIFY will build on recent/current national initiatives for species diversification in aquaculture, in order to overcome the documented bottlenecks in the production of these species. The combination of biological, technological and socioeconomic research planned in DIVERSIFY are expected to support the diversification of the aquaculture industry and help in expanding production, increasing aquaculture products and development of new markets.
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Coordinator

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Address

Leoforos Athens Sounio 46 7km
19013 Attikia Anavissos

Greece

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 375 104

Administrative Contact

Constantinos Mylonas (Dr.)

Participants (39)

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FUNDACION CANARIA PARQUE CIENTIFICO TECNOLOGICO DE LA UNIVERSIDAD DE LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 665 212

INSTITUT DE RECERCA I TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 760 651

ISRAEL OCEANOGRAPHIC AND LIMNOLOGICAL RESEARCH LIMITED

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 430 061

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 217 008

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 299 958

HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 592 259

INSTITUTO ESPANOL DE OCEANOGRAFIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 430 200

UNIVERSITE DE LORRAINE

France

EU Contribution

€ 233 939

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 279 128

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 298 113

ASOCIACION EMPRESARIAL DE ACUICULTURA DE ESPANA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 87 397

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI BARI ALDO MORO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 188 389

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

France

EU Contribution

€ 103 349

UNIVERSIDAD DE LA LAGUNA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 237 520

UNIVERSITE DE NAMUR ASBL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 219 216

NASJONALT INSTITUTT FOR ENAERINGS-OG SJOMATFORSKNING

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 152 424

FUNDACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO ACUICULTURA DE ANDALUCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 253 619

CONSELLERIA DO MAR - XUNTA DE GALICIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 147 299

SKRETTING AQUACULTURE RESEARCH CENTRE AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 85 125

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 228 496

STERLING WHITE HALIBUT AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 127 252

ICHTHYOKALLIERGEIES ARGOSARONIKOU ANONYMI ETAIRIA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 341 660

AZIENDA AGRICOLA ITTICA CALDOLI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 75 087

DOR DGEY YAM LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 73 010

VAS. GEITONAS & CO LTD EE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 44 360

AQUACULTURE FORKYS AE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 145 704

CANARIAS EXPLOTACIONES MARINAS SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 146 440

ASIALOR SARL

France

EU Contribution

€ 90 372

CULMAREX SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 10 040

IRIDA AE-PRODUCTS FOR ANIMAL PRODUCTION-SERVICES

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 56 951

Ayuntamiento de A Coruna

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 40 784

SYNDESMOS ELLHNIKON THALASSOKALLIERGEION SOMATEO

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 19 200

BUNDESVERBAND DER DEUTSCHEN FISHINDUSTRIE UND DES FISCHGROSSHANDELS E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 31 461

Hungarian Aquaculture Association

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 19 800

ASOCIACION NACIONAL DE FABRICANTES DE CONSERVAS DE PESCADOS Y MARISCOS-CENTRO TECNICO NACIONAL DE CONSERVACION DE PRODUCTOS DE LA PESCA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 20 658

EUROPEAN FOOD INFORMATION COUNCIL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 39 480

KENTRO MELETON AGORAS KAI KOINIS GNOMIS ANONIMI EMPORIKI ETAIRIA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 230 329

FISH 2 BE NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 130 350

GALAXIDI MARINE FARM AE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 33 600

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 603121

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2013

  • End date

    30 November 2018

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 11 777 653,20

  • EU contribution

    € 8 961 005

Coordinated by:

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece

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