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EATiP is delighted to announce that EBCD – the European Bureau for Conservation Development has joined our Platform as a member organisation.  EBCD is an international environmental NGO that promotes the sustainable use and conservation of marine resources.

Established in Brussels in 1989, EBCD fosters dialogue and cooperation on ocean governance among all stakeholders, and works together with EU and UN institutions to advance progress on sustainable development.

EBCD has a long history in engaging on sustainable fisheries & aquaculture at European and global level, tracking and informing policy developments through expert-led scientific advice and full stakeholder participation. Embracing its mission of promoting the sustainable use of natural renewable resources, EBCD was involved at the establishment of EATIP in 2007  – bringing in IUCN as an advisory body –  and it has carried out several projects jointly with  IUCN on aquaculture.  

On becoming part of our Platform, EBCD is looking forward to contributing to the sustainable development of the aquaculture sector and in particular to supporting the achievement of SDG14 Life Below Water and SDG 2 Zero Hunger.

One of the key strengths of the European Technology Platforms is their multi-stakeholder approach, joining industry members with researchers, academics and NGO organisations.  Taking a fact and science based policy approach to sustainable development is more important than ever – and such joint working demonstrates the trust and credibility that is to be found in the work of the ETPs, and the importance attached to them by the European Commission and other key stakeholders.

EBCD also provides the Secretariat to the European Parliament Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development” with a specific Working Group on Fisheries and Aquaculture as well the Secretariat to the Market Advisory Council of DG MARE and the Secretariat  to the IUCN Fisheries Expert Group.

International MSc: Aquaculture Health Management

An exciting opportunity to study for a new international MSc in Aquaculture Health Management has been announced as part of the ERASMUS Mundus programme, allowing successful applicants to stay and study at 4 of Europe’s leading institutes in aquaculture: Ghent University (Belgium), Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet (NTNU, Norway), Wageningen University (The Netherlands) and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona &Universitat de Barcelona (Spain).  Applicants will also be able to undertake a work placement and thesis research at one of the many industry and research partners with which these institutions engage.

see the AquaH website for further details and information on how to apply.

Noting that the aquaculture sector is steadily reaching maturity but its further growth is increasingly facing serious problems with parasites, viral, bacterial or stress-related disease outbreaks, the AquaH programme responds to the need for an expert training that prepares students to develop and implement innovative solutions to aquaculture health issues thus contributing to the sustainable development of the aquaculture industry.

For further details on the course programme, fees, and how to apply, please see the Aquah website: https://aquah.eu

The deadline for applications is 01 March 2021.


About Skretting

Skretting is the global leader in providing innovative and sustainable nutritional solutions and services for the aquaculture industry. Skretting has production facilities in 19 countries on five continents, and manufactures and delivers high quality feeds from hatching to harvest for more than 60 species. The total annual production volume of feed is more than 2 million tonnes. The head office is located in Stavanger, Norway. Our mission is Feeding the Future.


About Skretting ARC

Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre (ARC) is the global research organization for Skretting. The research centre is based in Stavanger, Norway, and has further research units in Italy, Spain, China and Japan. Skretting ARC employs an international team of highly skilled specialists, supported by a substantial annual investment in advanced R&D. It performs research for all feed companies within Skretting, which produce more than 2 million tonnes of fish and shrimp feed on a global scale. Skretting ARC’s goal is to develop innovative solutions to support fish and shrimp farmers around the world and help Skretting maintain its leadership position at the forefront of the rapidly developing aquaculture industry.

The university of Milan joins the EATiP membership


The aquaculture group activity is focussed mainly on aquatic ecology, fish biology, reproduction, nutrition and fish feeding, quality and authenticity of fish.

The group operates both in the Department of Veterinary Medicine (DIMEVET) and in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (DISAA) and comprises several operative units.

The Lodi Aquaculture Research centre consists of three different recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) for farming of aquatic animals and structures for growing phyto- and zooplankton. Oxygen concentration, pH and conductivity can be measured in each tank, while other chemical parameters, like the ammonia, nitrite and nitrate concentration can be measured by a portable spectrophotometer. In this facility, beside the use of the system for academic research, we cooperate with fish feed manufacturer in order to test different fish feed formulation or the use of innovative raw ingredients in fish nutrition.

The chemical laboratory is equipped for chromatography and mass spectrometry analysis (GC-FID, GC-MS, HPLC-DAD, HPLC-MS/MS) for the chemical composition analysis of feed and fish. The main activities of this group are focussed on the study of chemical composition and flavour of fish products as affected by environment, technology and storage. The facility for chromatography and mass spectrometry analysis will enable to extract and analyse volatile and not volatile organic compounds present in feed and food matrices. The application of different extraction methods will able to study organic compounds derived from the diet of fish from the environment and useful to link the food to a specific diet and/or to a specific area.

The anatomical laboratory is equipped for morpho-functional analyses (microtomes; cryostat; processing machine for dehydration, clearing and infiltration; wax embedding machine; light, fluorescence and confocal microscopes equipped with digital cameras for image analyses). Histology, histochemistry, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence and in situ hybridization can be applied to define structural differences between experimental treated fish (i.e. digestive or respiratory tracts, muscle development/growth or ontogenesis. Moreover, histomorphometrical analyses can be used to quantify the above-mentioned structural differences (cells count, structural or colour measurements) followed by statistical analyses of the data.

The biotechnology laboratory is specialised in tissue culture and molecular biology. The laboratory has a vast array of flow hoods, incubators and micromanipulators for the derivation of primary cell lines as well as the long-term culture of established lines. Standard, 3D and microfluidics techniques are applied to fish cells of different organs. In collaboration with a number of national and international partners the group if working on the development of a 3D platform for the analysis of the nutritional values of innovative diets.

VIS joins the EATiP membership

VIS or Vestlandets Innovasjonsselskap AS is an innovation network in Norway. They support scientists, entrepreneurs and students in the development of their ideas. In addition to providing advice and building networks, they carry out new establishments and innovation processes. VIS works with over 100 innovative ideas each year within a wide range of application fields, inc. aquaculture.

EATiP is looking forward to include VIS as an active member in its partnership!

A formal endorsement of its adherence as a member is to be done by the EATiP General Assembly.

A 360 video at fish farm Aquanaria


As part of an episode on how fish farming could offer the world a more sustainable future, the Euronews Ocean team shot a 360 video at fish farm Aquanaria. The firm, which is based in the Canary Islands, says its goal is to produce perfect fish for high-end restaurants. Thanks to an innovative design, the company’s net pens are fixed well away from the shore to allow strong Atlantic currents to pass through its nets.

“The fish are happier in these open waters”

Pedro Sánchez, Aquanaria’s Commercial Director, says the location and the fact the nets go deep under water creates ideal conditions for the fish to thrive:“We are in this location for many many years, in this part of the island. We have been moving away from the shore more and more and more, as soon as the technology allows us to be there, because it’s really good for — not so good for us, but it’s good for the fish. The fish are happier in these open waters.”


This article was originally posted on EURONEWS

Aquanaria fish farm in EURONEWS

With a growing population, stagnating global fish captures and changing consumer habits reaching out for more sustainable food resources, aquaculture is increasingly considered as a solution to meet the world’s growing food needs.  EURONEWS has visited the EATiP member fish farm Aquanaria to have a look at how advancements in fish farming technology are creating new opportunities to produce more sustainably and efficiently.


Madrid, Spain – 19 June 2018

Jornada APROMAR-REMA “Competitividad y Sostenibilidad de la Empresa Acuícola Española en el Entorno del Crecimiento Azul en la UE”


EcoAqua special session on “Outermost Regions and Islands” at Aqua 2018

EcoAqua will contribute to host a special session devoted to Aquaculture in the European Outermost Regions and Islands as part of the Aqua 2018 International conference, co-organized by the European and World Aquaculture Societies,  that will take place in Montpellier (France) under the theme “#We R Aquaculture” from 25 to 29 August 2018.

The objectives of that session is to present the state of the art and bring together researchers, policy-makers, managers, producers and other stakeholders working on different aspects of Aquaculture in the Outermost Regions of Europe as well as in islands around the world.  The session may include such topics as aquaculture development and policy, interactions with the society and environment, novel approaches and/or techniques adapted to local conditions, feeding and nutrition, broodstock or larval rearing, spatial planning, diseases, aquaponics, …

EcoAqua would like to cordially invite you to participate to this session of Aqua 2018 dedicated to Aquaculture in the ORs, OCTs and Islands as it will be a fantastic opportunity to show up the wealth and recent developments of Aquaculture research in those territories.


Abstracts for Oral or Poster presentation are to be submitted ONLY directly at the AQUA 2018 website. The deadline for submission has been set to the 10th of April 2018.

We would also like to take the opportunity to remind you about the existence of the EcoAqua Platform and inform you that the EcoAqua website now includes a new tool that allows interested partners to register their data online and appear on the map of institutions with aquaculture expertise in ORs and OCTs.  This will allow setting up a new portal of overseas regions and territories aquaculture key expertise, facilitating the exchange of information between partners and advertising the aquaculture potential of these regions.   You are welcome to enter your key data here after having entered the word “EcoPortal” in the code section.  This code section has been established to reduce the possibility of having spam information being entered in the portal.