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Genomic and nutritional innovations for genetically superior farmed fish to improve efficiency in European aquaculture

Objective

AquaIMPACT is a major effort to integrate the fields of fish breeding and nutrition to increase the competiveness of EU's aquaculture of Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, gilthead seabream and European seabass, to ensure food and nutrition security and to satisfy consumer demands for high-quality seafood with limited environmental impact. These four species together represent 75% in volume and 89% in value of the total farmed finfish production. AquaIMPACT will develop products and services based on genomic selection for the European aquaculture breeding industry, with focus on cost efficient trait recording and genotyping, and selection for traits that can only be recorded under commercial conditions. By incorporating emerging ingredients, essential nutrients and appropriate additives developed by companies, novel nutritional and feeding strategies will be up-scaled and tailor-made specifically for the genetically improved fish arising from breeding programmes. The use of genomic technologies will be economically optimised and in combination with the nutritional solutions demonstrated to produce more robust, healthy, nutritious and resource-efficient fish, promoting industrial practices of re-circular bioeconomy, zero-waste and more efficiency use of natural resources. Impacts of the innovations will be measured under practical farming conditions, co-working with commercial partners, producing more profitable farming practices. Developments in imaging technology and spectroscopy, internet-of-things, machine learning and smart-software are harnessed to improve cost efficiency of operations and to provide novel products and services. The communication and exploitation will be linked to interactive multi-actor dialogue, bringing together views of consumers, regulatory authors and companies to increase societal acceptance of aquaculture as a sustainable source of high quality nutritional products.
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Coordinator

LUONNONVARAKESKUS

Address

Latokartanonkaari 9
00790 Helsinki

Finland

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 795 559,51

Participants (21)

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SYNDICAT DES SELECTIONNEURS AVICOLES ET AQUACOLES FRANCAIS

France

EU Contribution

€ 255 223,73

FERME MARINE DU DOUHET SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 117 732,65

AKVAFORSK GENETICS CENTER AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 171 024

INVE TECHNOLOGIES NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 18 905,25

SKRETTING AQUACULTURE RESEARCH CENTRE AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 240 383,50

MOWI ASA

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 263 394,25

SPAROS LDA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 176 449

LES SOURCES DE L'AVANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 39 620

DORSET IDENTIFICATION BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 63 287

SAVON TAIMEN OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 78 960

UNIVERSIDAD DE LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 625 871,25

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 340 703,75

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 366 750

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 366 261,25

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 449 965

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

France

EU Contribution

€ 222 912,50

NOFIMA AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 384 706,25

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 337 439,25

THE UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 374 947,50

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELL'INSUBRIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 286 828,75

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 173 038,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 818367

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2019

  • End date

    31 December 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 726 811,39

  • EU contribution

    € 6 149 963,14

Coordinated by:

LUONNONVARAKESKUS

Finland