[ PROJECTS ] EATiP holds its annual general meeting
Do we collaborate or compete with Asia? The European Aquaculture Technology and Information Platform (EATiP) is an ofﬁcially-recognised European Technology Platform (ETP), which provides external advice and societal engagement for the implementation of Horizon 2020 – the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever, with €80 billion of funding available between 2014 and 2020. The basic goal of Horizon 2020 is to ensure that Europe produces world-class science and removes barriers so that great and innovative ideas are brought to the market by both the public and private sectors.
he 6th Annual General Meeting of the European Aquaculture Technology and Information Platform (EATiP) convened in Brussels on 3 and 4 April. During one and a half days, over 50 participants, members of EATiP – representing the aquaculture industry, research community, international and civil society organisations, as well as the European Community (as observer) - met to discuss how to continue building a strong platform, what are EATiP’s key priorities for the future and how to put these in practice.
Closer cooperation with SMEs The event created a friendly and lively environment for sharing experiences from both past and on-going partnerships and projects, and looked specifically at how to assure the continuation of outcomes of relevant projects. New ideas were spelt out concerning EATiP commitments, in particular, for the development of a strategy so that smaller players, SMEs in particular, are more widely represented, active and engaged; to explore ways on how EATiP’s work can incentivise investments in aquaculture www.eurofishmagazine.com
research; how to share information and enable knowledge transfer to a wide range of stakeholders across the EU. From a strategic perspective, JPI Oceans (www.jpi-oceans.eu), a coordinating and integrating platform for marine and maritime research, has as its goals to ensure good environmental status of the seas and optimise planning of activities in the marine space, as well as boosting a knowledge based and sustainable maritime economy. The optimisation of response to climate change, understanding and mitigation of human impact on the marine environment, developing the necessary knowledge and technologies to conquer the new deep-sea frontier are just a few of the platform’s objectives. Continuing dialogue between EATiP and JPI Oceans will avoid duplication and fragmentation, and will facilitate stronger cooperation and interaction between stakeholders on such topics. EATiP has cooperated with a number of European projects that are now finished or are close to conclusion. One example is AQUAMED (www.aquamedproject.net), where two of the most important outputs are
(i) the list of research priorities that will contribute to a more sustainable Mediterranean aquaculture and plans of action to implement them, and (ii) the aquaculture multi-stakeholder platform, which is now acknowledged as a subsidiary body of the Committee of Aquaculture of the General Fishery Commission for the Mediterranean, says Dr Jean-Paul Blancheton, Ifremer, France.
Finding alternatives to traditional feeds Sustainable alternative aquaculture feeds tailored to the nutritional requirements of European farmed fish species is another of EATiP’s strategic goals and a “hot topic” on the research agenda. Understanding and minimising the undesirable effects of alternative diets (i.e. with low fish oil and fish meal content) is one of the many applications that ARRAINA (www.arraina.eu) will develop. It is aimed at further strengthening the links between the scientific community and the EU feed industry and thereby contributing to an increase in the productivity and performance of the European aquaculture sector. Sustainable feed production
is one of the thematic areas of EATiP that seeks to improve knowledge of nutrient requirements, investigate the nutritional characteristics of sustainable feed ingredients, develop advanced and cost-efficient feed technologies, and assess the physiological consequences of the use of low fish meal and fish oil feeds. I want to reiterate the extent to which joint research efforts at the European level with the participation of different stakeholders (farmers, feed producers) have led to the reduction of the FIFO (fish in fish out) ratios in European fish farming, commented Mr Sadasivam Kaushik, INRA, France. The FP7 project AQUAEXCEL (www.aquaexcel.eu) ensures the availability and efficient use of aquaculture research infrastructures across national boundaries and supports aquaculture infrastructures of excellence to improve their services and methods. AQUAEXCEL has created an online database of all aquaculture research infrastructures in the EU and associated countries. It has among its aims a deeper integration of research infrastructures and increased access opportunities for SMEs. Research institutes and aquaculture companies are Eurofish Magazine 3 / 2014
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