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New Technologies, Tools and Strategies for a Sustainable, Resilient and Innovative European Aquaculture
// NewTechAqua //

January 2020 - December 2023

Project Summary

The vision of the EU aquaculture industry is to grow substantially in the next decade and to provide annually 4.5 million tons of sustainable food products. To this aim, NewTechAqua intends to expand and diversify EU production of finfish, molluscs and microalgae by developing and validating technologically-advanced, resilient and sustainable new solutions. The organizational approach of NewTechAqua is to group the solutions in 6 different categories: feed, Industry 4.0, sustainable farming, genetics, new species and new products. They will be validated on conventional (Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, seabass and seabream) and emerging (greater amberjack, meagre, Senegalese sole and grey mullet) finfish species, molluscs (Pacific oyster, mussel) and microalgae. NewTechAqua is structured in 9 WPs. WP1 will conceive, formulate, produce and demonstrate three innovative sets of aquafeeds (pro-health, organic, zero waste). WP2 will establish new AI epidemiological models for enhancing the control of parasite outbreaks in Norwegian and Mediterranean farms. Sustainable aquaculture will be also promoted by advanced model systems and technologies for mollusc and in-land fish farms ecointensification. WP3 will develop innovative breeding programmes to improve performance, robustness and quality of farmed fish, molluscs and microalgae, while WP4 will achieve significant advances in reproduction technology of three emerging fish species. High-quality seafood products and sustainable food processing techniques for valorisation of by-products will be validated. WP6 will develop a set of indicators to monitor and measure progress towards the expected impacts, while market uptake of NewTechAqua results and outputs will be ensured by a detailed exploitation strategy (WP7). Finally, NewTechAqua will achieve well-targeted communication, dissemination and maximum transfer of generated know-how and project new technologies (WP8).

Coordinator

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA (UNIBO) - Italy

Source of funding : European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme under grant agreement No 862658
Programme and Contact references : H2020 – Alessio Bonaldo (University of Bologna)
Total budget : 6 723 843,00 €
Partners :
  • Nofima AS (NOFIMA) - Norway
  • A.I.A. Agricola Italiana Alimentare S.P.A. (AIA) - Italy
  • Aquicultura Balear S.A.U (ABSA) - Spain
  • UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA (UNIVE) - Italy
  • Institut De Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentaries (IRTA) - Spain
  • Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) - Greece
  • Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro (UNIBA) - Italy
  • Cromaris Dionicko Drustvo Za Marikulturu (CROMA) - Croatia
  • Mowi Genetics (MOWI) - Norway
  • Irida Ae-Products for Animal Production-Services (IRIDA) - Greece
  • Rara Avis Biotec, S.L. (RARA) - Spain
  • Aquanetix Ltd (AQUA) - U.K.
  • Fédération Européenne des Producteurs Aquacoles (FEAP) - France
  • Centre International De Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Mediterraneennes (CIHEAM) - France
  • Il Vigneto Soc Agricola Arl (VIGNETO) - Italy
  • Greenovate! Europe (G!E) - Belgium
  • Institut Francais de Recherche Pour L'exploitation de La Mer (IFREMER) - France
  • Syndicat des Selectionneurs Avicoles et Aquacoles Francais (SYSAAF) - France
  • Ichthyokalliergeies Argosaronikou Anonymi Etairia (ARGO) - Greece
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment of Cyprus (DFMR) - Cyprus
  • Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) - Spain
  • The Seafood Innovation Cluster As (TSIC) - Norway
  • Galaxidi Marine Farm Ae (GMF) - Greece
  • Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (CNR) - Italy
  • Economia Del Mare (EMAR) - Italy