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Multilateral €7 million aquaculture research project

Staff Writer | June 1, 2017
A new €7 million EC-funded research project will focus on developing innovative approaches to help ensure European sea bream and sea bass aquaculture businesses are sustainable and competitive.
European sea bream
Seafood   PerformFISH is coordinated by the University of Thessaly
PerformFISH is coordinated by the University of Thessaly, Greece and its consortium brings together 28 partners from 10 different countries, encompassing a wide range of technical expertise and know-how in the Mediterranean aquaculture area.

Dr Katerina Moutou, PerformFISH Coordinator, of the University of Thessally (Greece), said: “PerformFISH is an important and timely project for the sector as solutions are needed to tackle some of the underlying causes behind the current stagnation of the Mediterranean marine fish farming sector.”

“This research-industry collaboration is truly unique and it is very exciting to see what we can achieve working together.”

PerformFISH has the direct support and endorsement of the industry, with producers’ associations from Greece, Spain, Italy, France and Croatia directly involved as partners in the project.

Significantly, the associations through their membership represent 92.8% of all sea bream and sea bass production in the EU.

Over the next five years, PerformFISH will work to ensure sustainable growth of the Mediterranean aquaculture industry supporting farms to operate not only in ideal economic and environmental conditions, but also in a socially and culturally responsible manner.

The efforts of PerformFISH will be complemented by those of its sister project MedAID.

Together, the two projects represent a €14 million investment by the EC in Mediterranean aquaculture research, further emphasising Europe’s commitment to support the sustainable development of this important food sector.