Friday, August 14, 2015

14/08/2015: Improved breeding for fish farms

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Altering breeding methods to allow European aquaculture to produce fish more efficiently is the subject of a new EU funded project, WorldFishing reports. Fishboost is carrying out a study on how high-tech breeding techniques can promote disease resistance and efficient growth in six commonly farmed fish species, improving the welfare of fish, impacts on wildlife and farm productivity.

 “There is little breeding in European aquaculture and we want to make it better by improving ways to measure traits and develop more accurate selection methods,” said project coordinator Anna Sonesson from the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture research (Nofima).

“All work is done in close collaboration between RTD and industry – this is essential for a project like FISHBOOST”, explains Sonesson. 

By working with industry and other stakeholders, researchers plan to show how advanced selective breeding technologies can make European aquaculture more efficient and sustainable.

Read the full article HERE.

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