Driving sustainable growth in European aquaculture – Information Centre – Research & Innovation

A group of EU-funded scientists from 10 nations around the world has designed new recommendations, styles and equipment for the sustainable advancement of European aquaculture. The project’s outcomes will be used to inform decisions about upcoming polices and licensing.


© Trevor Telfer, 2009

Aquaculture is an space that could have substantial financial value to Europe. The EU recognises the sector’s value in its Blue Growth method which seeks to harness the untapped opportunity of the marine and maritime sectors for food stuff manufacturing and positions though concentrating on environmental sustainability.

However, a deficiency of successful and powerful licensing and regulation is hampering the aquaculture sector’s advancement. This problem is major to skipped opportunities for the manufacturing of seafood, significantly of which is at this time imported. It also implies that European producers are getting rid of out on export opportunities. About the many years, fish farming has also experienced its truthful share of bad press owing to poor tactics blamed for, amid some others, ailment in fish shares and pollution of the atmosphere.

The EU-funded TAPAS task aims to improve this by giving governing administration regulators and policymakers the details and equipment they want to establish sturdy, extra successful regulatory frameworks that can guide to the sector’s advancement and sustainable development. Task exploration embraced both of those the marine and freshwater environments.

‘We structured TAPAS to generate a number of crucial outputs, like plan recommendations, predictive environmental styles and an aquaculture toolbox for choice-makers,’ claims Trevor Telfer, task coordinator from the University of Stirling, United Kingdom. ‘These results are progressive within just the task with each and every developing from the other.’

Assistance on licensing

The task started with a evaluate of existing legislation and licensing tactics for aquaculture throughout Europe, which associated substantial session with stakeholders. This led to the drafting of plan and licensing recommendations as well as guidance for governance masking all ranges of the sector, from start out-ups to well-set up organizations. The recommendations will be used largely by governing administration regulators charged with utilizing successful licensing procedures.

TAPAS went on to produce predictive environmental styles and automatic checking and info-recording devices based on exploration throughout Europe’s aquaculture sector. These improvements have been created to assist carry out the project’s plan and licensing recommendations and will be of value to regulators as well as scientists and sector bodies.

The styles and checking devices protect existing reduced-tech and large-tech aquaculture manufacturing devices. They could also assist in the introduction of new devices that may have diverse regulatory prerequisites, this kind of as integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA). In IMTA, by-goods this kind of as waste from one species are used as fertiliser or food stuff for yet another.

Much better picture

The project’s aquaculture toolbox supplies a website-based choice-aid framework which can guide in the advancement of a lot less high-priced, extra clear and successful licensing of aquaculture in Europe.

‘The toolbox utilizes pertinent modelling and guidance outputs from the TAPAS task, but also supplies back links and guidance to permit use of pertinent results from other EU projects and sources,’ clarifies Telfer. ‘The availability of the toolbox, its intuitive layout and details will permit a far better comprehension of aquaculture regulation though also supporting to improve the public perception of European aquaculture.’

The TAPAS group is also enterprise training, dissemination and outreach functions with the goal of improving upon the picture of European aquaculture and the uptake of the task outcomes by regulators.