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Assessing the causes and developing measures to prevent the escape of fish from sea-cage aquaculture

Objective

The escape of fish from sea-cage aquaculture is perceived as a serious threat to natural biodiversity in Europe's marine waters. Escaped fish may cause undesirable genetic effects in native populations through interbreeding, and ecological effects through predation, competition and the transfer of diseases to wild fish. Technical and operational failures of fish farming technology cause escapes. Cages break down in storms, wear and tear of the netting causes holes, and operational accidents lead to spills of fish. Sea-cage equipment is marketed and used across Europe, thus knowledge relevant to the culture of numerous species in diverse environments is required to produce robust equipment and implement risk adverse operations. The Prevent Escape project will conduct and integrate biological and technological research on a pan-European scale to improve recommendations and guidelines for aquaculture technologies and operational strategies that reduce escape events. Through research focused on sea-cages and their immediate surrounds, we will assess technical and operational causes of escape incidents, assess the extent of escapes of reproductive gametes and fish, determine the inherent behaviours that pre-dispose certain species of fish towards a higher probability of escaping, and document the dispersal of escapees to develop and test recapture strategies. Information from these components of the project will feed into research specifically aimed at benchmarking the performance of equipment under farming conditions and thereby improving operations and equipment production, and advancing national and international standards for the design, construction and use of aquaculture equipment. These key pieces of information, when added to existing knowledge, will allow determination of practical, implementable measures to prevent escapes and mitigate the effects of escapees. If prevention and mitigation are more successful, genetic and ecological impacts should diminish.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/fisheries
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biological behavioural sciences/ethology/biological interaction
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/embryology

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2008-2B
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

SINTEF FISKERI OG HAVBRUK AS
Address
Brattørkaia 17B
7465 Trondheim
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 877 116
Administrative Contact
Desiree Brigg (Ms.)

Participants (11)

NOFIMA MARIN AS

Participation ended

Norway
Address
Muninbakken 9-13
9291 Tromso
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Bente Johansen (Ms.)
HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Greece
EU contribution
€ 207 688
Address
Leoforos Athens Sounio 46 7Km
19013 Attikia Anavissos
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stylianos Kastrinakis (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE
Spain
EU contribution
€ 240 281
Address
Campus De San Vicente Raspeig
03690 Alicante
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Carolina Fernandez (Ms.)
THE SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION FOR MARINESCIENCE LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 105 856
Address
Scottish Marine Institute
PA37 1QA Dunbeg Oban
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Derek Black (Dr.)
STIFTELSEN NORSK INSTITUTT FOR NATURFORSKNING NINA
Norway
EU contribution
€ 215 018
Address
Hogskoleringen 9
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Odd Terje Sandlund (Dr.)
NOFIMA AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 549 577
Address
Muninbakken 9-13
9291 Tromso
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Bente Johansen (Ms.)
PANEPISTIMIO KRITIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 284 634
Address
University Campus Gallos
74100 Rethimno
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eva Michelidaki (Ms.)
MARINE INSTITUTE
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 201 173
Address
Rinville Oranmore
H91 R673 Galway
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Dave Jackson (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA TA MALTA
Malta
EU contribution
€ 22 436
Address
University Campus, Tal-qroqq
2080 Msida
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anita Aloisio (Ms.)
TECNALIA CORPORACION TECNOLOGICA AIE
Spain
EU contribution
€ 145 469
Address
Parque Tecnológico De Bizkaia, Calle Geldo Edificio 700
48160 Derio
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Amaia Barrena (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 121 398
Address
C/ Juan De Quesada 30
35001 Las Palmas De Gran Canaria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Javier Rodríguez Sosa (Mr.)