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European network for innovative aquaculture

This umbrella aims at the creation of a european-wide platform to combine r & d capabilities and expertise in order to generate projects in the area of fish breeding.

For centuries fish has constituted an important component of our dietary pattern. Unfortunately, however, oceans are gradually becoming depleted because of over-fishing and several fish species are being threatened with extinction. Centuries ago the same happened to cattle and gradually mankind switched from hunting to breeding. The same trend can be observed with regard to fisheries. Where fisheries has and will remain an important way of providing our daily need for fish, aquaculture is a young, but rapidly growing industrial sector that allows us to address the shortfalls in capture fisheries. However current methods of aquaculture attract serious criticism and there is an urgent need for more sustainable methods of fish breeding. Water pollution, extravagant use of medicine, deplorable breeding conditions and outbreaks of fish diseases are just some of the serious drawbacks of current fish breeding methods that cause anger and concern amongst both environmentalists and consumers. Hence, there is an urgent need to develop new, more sustainable fish breeding methods that take into account the needs not only of consumers, but also of our environment, at the same time safeguarding both animal wellbeing and biodiversity. The main objectives of the INNOFISK Umbrella are to foster research and development throughout the entire fish production chain, assuming sustainability and transparency as clear preconditions and reinforcing the all-encompassing fork-to-farm approach in which high quality and safe food prevails. The following principles lie at the basis of the INNOFISK Umbrella: 1. Animal wellbeing: create a breeding environment with sufficient freedom of movement and minimal stress in order to avoid outbreaks of diseases. 2. Sustainability: avoid environmental pollution and avoid the use of antibiotics and harmful chemicals. Make use of natural organic resources where possible and try to reach an optimal feed conversion ratio. 3. Biodiversity: avoid escapes of farmed fish to natural populations and find alternative solutions for the use of fishmeal and fish oil. 4. Consumer acceptance: produce high quality farmed fish with a good texture and make the fish farming chain transparent, for instance by developing a hallmark. During the definition phase of the INNOFISK Umbrella, efforts are focused on: 1. The creation of a European platform where all stakeholders in the fish breeding production chain exchange views and knowledge, formulate strategic ambitions and develop initiatives for R & D cooperation. 2. Analysis and identification of funding schemes for the proposed research projects in the field of sustainable aquaculture. 3. The identification of research topics and research proposals that result in sustainable breeding of different fish species. 4. The promotion of projects that foster transparency, consumer involvement and the creation of a quality hallmark. 5. The creation of networks to map and coordinate national and European legislation, directives and guidelines in the fields of both fish breeding and fish processing. 6. Knowledge dissemination and knowledge exchange activities for informing aquaculture stakeholders all over Europe and for allowing European companies and research institutes to participate in running INNOFISK projects. After a definition phase of approximately 12 months, there should be a launch of several fish breeding projects and activities involving a wide range of research institutes, companies and public bodies.
Acronym: 
INNOFISK
Project ID: 
3 610
Start date: 
01-09-2005
Project Duration: 
48months
Project costs: 
0.00€
Technological Area: 
Aquaculture technology
Market Area: 

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