Mediterranean Aquaculture Integrated Development


Production and productivity of Mediterranean marine fish aquaculture, mainly seabass and seabream, are stagnating or growing slowly as a result of multiple and interrelated causes. To accomplish the objective of improving its competitiveness and sustainability, MedAID is structured in a first interdisciplinary WP to assess technical, environmental, market, socioeconomic and governance weaknesses, and in several specialized WPs exploring innovative solutions, followed by an integrating WP, which will provide codes of practice and innovative tool-boxes throughout the value chain to enhance the sector performance holistically. Various stakeholders will interact in the consultation, communication, dissemination and training WPs ensuring practical orientation of the project and results implementation. Biological performance (nutrition, health and genetics) will be scrutinized to identify and quantify the relevant components to improve Key Performance Indicators (KPIs: growth rates, mortality and feed efficiency), thus contributing to increase production efficiency. Economic, business, marketing, environmental, social, administrative and legal factors will be addressed to obtain integrated solutions to shift towards a market-oriented and consumer-responsible business and to face the multiple administrative, environmental and social issues constraining competitiveness and public acceptance. An interdisciplinary consortium of research and industrial partners will carry out R&D; and case study activities to close the existing gaps. Mediterranean countries (EU and non-EU) with significant aquaculture production are represented. Northern European R&D; institutions will participate by bringing successful technological tools and integrated approaches that Mediterranean aquaculture is missing today. MedAID will impact the sector positively by providing innovative tools, integrated marketing and business plans and by improving the sector image, sustainability and governance.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Alessio Bonaldo

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Scienze Mediche Veterinarie

Instituto Agronomico Mediterraneo de Zaragoza(Spain)

Other Participants:
Universidad De Cantabria (Spain)
Samfunns- og næringslivsforskning AS (Norway)
Aarhus Universitet (Denmark)
Biomar A/S (Denmark)
Ifremer-Institut Francais De Recherche Pour L'Exploitation De La Mer (France)
Galaxidi Marine Farm Ae (Greece)
FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Italy)
Nisea Societa Cooperativa (Italy)
Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (Dlo Food And Biobased) (Netherlands)
University Of Copenhagen (Denmark)
Wu Wageningen Universiteit (Netherlands)
Fundacion Azti (Spain)
Institut De Recerca I Technologia Agroalimentaries (Spain)
Universidad De Murcia (Spain)
Dibaq Diproteg S.A. (Spain)
National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (Egypt)
Université de Bretagne Occidentale (France)
Isidro de la Cal (Spain)
EGE University (Turkey)
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (Denmark)
Selarl Vet'Eau (France)
Scea Les Poissons Du Soleil (France)
Institut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer (Tunisia)
Avdelas Lamprakis (Greece)
Azienda Ittica Il Padule Di Fornaciari Naida & C Societa Agricola Semplice (Italy)
Instituto Nacional De Investigacion Y Tecnologia Agraria Y Alimentaria - Inia - (Spain)
Hrvatski Veterinarski Institut (Croatia)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Compagnie Ittiche Riunite Societa'Agricola Srl (Italy)
University Of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Veterinaerinstituttet National Veterinary Institute (Norway)
Nofima Genetics as (Norway)
Centro De Ciencias Do Mar Do Algarve (Portugal)
Hellenic Centre For Marine Research (Greece)
Ist.Zooprofilattico Sperim.Delle Venezie (Italy)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 6.999.996,25
Project Duration in months: 48
Start Date: 01/05/2017
End Date: 30/04/2021

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Decent work and economic growth This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727315