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Reproduction of European Eel: Towards a Self-sustained Aquaculture

Objective

The recent decline of European eel (Anguilla anguilla) and no signs of recovery has brought attention to the biologically unsustainable exploitation of the stock. In September 2007, the EU has adopted the Council Regulation 1100/2007 establishing measures for the recovery of the European eel stock. However, eel are still fished intensively for human consumption while aquaculture and restocking rely exclusively on the supply of glass eels caught each year. A controlled production of eel larvae is ever more urgent. The objective of PRO-EEL is to develop standardised protocols for production of high quality gametes, viable eggs and feeding larvae. The approach is to expand knowledge about the intricate hormonal control and physiology of eels which complicates artificial reproduction. This knowledge will be applied in the development of suitable methods to induce maturation considering different rearing conditions. Knowledge about the gametogenesis and maturation pattern will be developed in small scale tests and applied to establish standardised fertilisation procedures. New knowledge about functional anatomy of embryos and yolksac larvae will be applied to develop suitable feed. Protocols for larval production will be tested in full scale experimental facilities managed in collaboration with a qualified SME. The integrated protocols and technology development will be evaluated relative to the output of healthy embryos and yolksac larvae. Larval feeds will be developed towards pioneering first-feeding in European eel larvae, which will be a major breakthrough and promising step towards a self-sustained aquaculture. The strength of the project is its interdisciplinary approach and the unique expertise of the consortium. PRO-EEL brings together leading institutes in eel reproduction complemented by excellence in disciplines filling gaps in knowledge and technology. A tight collaboration with the aquaculture industry promotes the applicability of developed technology.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/fisheries
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/embryology

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2009-3
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 526 712
Administrative Contact
Jonna Tomkiewicz (Dr.)

Participants (14)

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 210 181
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Oliver Schneider (Dr.)
UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 405 184
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Herman Spaink (Prof.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 388 026
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Brice Kerber (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 218 731
Address
Camino De Vera Sn Edificio 3A
46022 Valencia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jose-Antonio Perez-Garcia (Mr.)
NOFIMA AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 200 137
Address
Muninbakken 9-13
9291 Tromso
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Bente Johansen (Ms.)
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 129 012
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Margo Baele (Ms.)
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 85 000
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ivan Kristioffersen (Mr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 164 025
Address
Rue De L'universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sadasivam Kaushik (Prof.)
Billund Aquakulturservice ApS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 301 874
Address
Kløvermarken 27
7190 Billund
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bjarne Hald Olsen (Mr.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 100 000
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christine Gerritsen (Ms.)
Institut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer
Tunisia
EU contribution
€ 38 000
Address
2 Mars 1934 28
2025 Tunis
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mejdeddine Kraïem (Prof.)
HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET
Norway
EU contribution
€ 110 000
Address
Nordnesgaten 50
5817 Bergen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Merethe Tødenes (Ms.)
NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Norway
EU contribution
€ 93 036
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Elin Kjørsvik (Prof.)
BIOMAR A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 29 389
Address
Myl Erichsensvej 35
7330 Brande
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ole Christensen (Mr.)