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Thursday, March 23, 2017

24/03/2017: Joined forces for a sustainable European aquaculture of the future

AQUAEXCEL2020 is a €9.7 million European Union-funded Horizon 2020 research infrastructure project aimed at supporting the sustainable growth of the aquaculture sector in Europe

It comprises a large group of leading European aquaculture research facilities that work towards bringing aquaculture research in Europe to a new level by 2020.  

It will do so by integration of the European aquaculture community, and providing it with crucial tools, facilities, and novel services to conduct advanced fish research.
  

Aquaculture currently provides about half of the fish for human consumption worldwide. The demand for fish is rising, but fisheries are not expected to grow due to fully or over-exploited fish stocks.

Aquaculture production seeks to meet this increasing demand for fish, but while the aquaculture sector is growing in the rest of the world, it has stagnated in Europe in recent years.

The European aquaculture industry has ambitions to grow sustainably with continuing efficient and environmentally responsible production of high-value fish products. This will be possible if it ensures excellent scientific research and translates results into innovation and industrial growth.

European researchers need effective and convenient access to the best aquaculture research infrastructures to conduct research for the advancement of knowledge and technology in the aquaculture sector.

AQUAEXCEL2020 aims to bring together, integrate, and open up diverse key national and regional aquaculture research infrastructures in Europe to all European researchers, from both academia and industry, ensuring their optimal use and joint development.

These research infrastructures are made available through the AQUAEXCEL2020 Transnational Access (TNA) program.

Building on the success of its predecessor AQUAEXCEL (2011-2015), the AQUAEXCEL2020 project unites a group of major aquaculture experimental facilities that have the capacity to undertake experimental trials on a selection of commercially important aquaculture fish species and system types.

Almost half of the project’s budget will go into the provision of this transnational access to aquaculture research facilities and harmonised services for both academic users as well as private sector users, especially SMEs.

Academic and industry researchers will then be able to perform their research projects with “free of charge” access to 39 top EU aquaculture research infrastructures that are not available in their country of origin.

Over 100 researchers have previously used this opportunity to extend their investigations including on different systems, species, and facility and water types, as part of AQUAEXCEL and AQUAEXCEL2020.


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