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Letter from the Coordinator

It is a pleasure to introduce the first FutureEUAqua newsletter. We have achieved many interesting results so far, and this newsletter will give some highlights from the following work packages dealing with consumer and regulatory activities, IoT for healthy fish and environment, and quality and safety of aquaculture products.

The project is progressing well, despite Covid-19. But the pandemic is also affecting us. Experiments and deliverables are delayed due to closed labs and restricted samplings and travelling. We are working with mitigations. Our collaborators are doing a tremendous job to make the impacts as small as possible. It is not until the virus gives up that we can conclude how much we have suffered.

Some success stories so far: We have held the first two virtual stakeholder meetings. In the first meeting, we introduced the project in detail for our stakeholders. A common stakeholder meeting with our sister projects iFishIENCi, AquaImpact and NewTechAqua, planned in Cork during EAS 2020, was unfortunately cancelled due to Covid-19. If you are interested to join the stakeholder group, please contact us. This will give you early information of the latest news from the project.

Our general assembly meeting was also digital, and after three days I think many were tired but enthusiastic to continue working. Even though we all agree that physical meetings are preferred Teams was a good substitute.

The scientific work is progressing and we have achieved many interesting results. Some of the approved deliverables with results can be found on our website. Amongst many can be mentioned the work with effects of climate and futuristic feed on breeding programs, and the effects on fish performance of feed composed of different future oriented feed ingredients, where we target the most important aquaculture species in Europe.

Also, social acceptance of different aquaculture products and systems have been investigated. In the future we can expect more exciting results from different production systems, IoT, processing and packaging methods. Also, we will announce online training courses shortly, so please follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and our website for updates.

Sincerely,
Åsa Maria Espmark
Coordinator of FutureEUAqua and senior researcher at Nofima

British men more negative towards aquaculture

Young men from the UK have the most negative attitude towards farmed fish. They were also among those with the least knowledge about aquaculture, according to a FutureEUAqua survey conducted among 2500 residents of the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France and Germany. Read more

How can the Internet of Things (IoT) enhance fish health and welfare?

The fish farming industry needs instruments that can monitor in real time fish health and welfare objectively, without killing or disturbing the fish or interfering with the daily management. Read more

Rapid evaluation of fish texture

The Hellenic Centre for Marine Research and the University of West Attica has focused on developing methodologies and tools for the non-destructive assessment of quality of fish products. Find about their progress so far. Read more

Get to know: Galaxidi Marine Farm (GMF)

Did you know that GMF is among the oldest and most successful aquaculture companies in Greece? And that almost all the fish they produce is exported (98%)? Learn more about GMF in the FutureEUAqua partner introduction series. Read more

Stakeholder Platform

  • Summary from 25th February 2021- 2nd Stakeholder webinar
Dr. Sébastien Alfonso (COISPA Tecnologia & Ricerca) presented the opportunities provided by the Internet of Things to enhance the productivity of aquaculture farms and to ensure sustainability. The presentation was followed by a fruitful discussion.
  • Upcoming stakeholder webinars 
A series of webinars are planned in the next few months, exclusively for members of the Stakeholder Platform. The webinars will update them on project results and progress.
  • Next webinar: 24 March 2021 (tentative date) 
The topic of the webinar is eco-label experiments and communication strategies to increase consumer awareness about aquaculture.
 

The platform is open, you can join anytime!


Members of the Stakeholder Platform receive early access to project results. They must therefore sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement, which covers confidentiality and intellectual property issues.

Click here if you wish to join the platform or send an email to: Zsófia Kertész (Campden BRI Hungary)

Recent publications

Media Coverage

Events

  • Aquaculture Europe, 4-7 October 2021

 

 

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 817737


Project coordinator:
Åsa Maria Espmark
Email: asa.espmark@nofima.no


Media enquiries:
Emil Bremnes
Email: emil.bremnes@nofima.no
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