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Improved production strategies for endangered freshwater species.

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.

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)

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MUSEUM NATIONAL D'HISTOIRE NATURELLE

France

EU Contribution

€ 262 875,60

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 495 745,92

FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 498 432,96

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 520 601,04

JIHOCESKA UNIVERZITA V CESKYCH BUDEJOVICICH

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 464 844,96

ZF-SCREENS BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 255 374,28

CONSERVATOIRE NATIONAL DU SAUMON SAUVAGE

France

EU Contribution

€ 262 875,60

PROJECTES I SERVEIS R MES D SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 247 872,96

Partners (5)

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STIFTELSEN NORSK INSTITUTT FOR NATURFORSKNING NINA

GENERALITAT VALENCIANA

Comunitat de Pescadors El Palmar

Galilee Caviar Cooperative Society ltd

Fischzucht Rhönforelle GmbH & Co

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 642893

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 867 449,04

  • EU contribution

    € 3 867 449,04

Coordinated by:

NORGES MILJO-OG BIOVITENSKAPLIGE UNIVERSITET

Norway