EATiP provided its feedback as a reply to the Food 2030 consultation

We have now received the report – see attached. For aquaculture, pathway 3 is key: Food from the Oceans and Freshwater Resources. Innovation in science, engineering, economics and behavioural studies were identified as critical for aquaculture to achieve a higher self-sufficiency rate in Europe. Open science and innovation, multi-actor approach, interdisiciplinarity and interoperability were highlighted as important factors of future actions. This is very much in line with the EATiP recommendations and overall approach to research and innovation in aquaculture.

 

Summarised, the recommended focus areas for each of the prioritized R&I actions are:

  1. Boosting innovation: climate adaptation; novel and sustainable feeds
  2. Improve the quantity and quality of aquatic food: traceability and certification systems; biomass valorization; development of nutrient standards; tailor-made aquatic products
  3. Strengthening R&I capacity: collaborative partnership models; infrastructure; citizen science

 

Read the full report here:

EC reports on Sustainable Food Systems

A Scientific Opinion was published by the Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) on “Towards a sustainable food system”, based on evidence and reviews provided by the Scientific Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA) Working Group. A step-wise policy transition and fully integrated approach is suggested to deliver an inclusive, ‘just’ and timely transition to an EU sustainable food system, in line with the forthcoming Farm to Fork Strategy.

Technological innovations in aquaculture can empower the food systems to evolve sustainably, such as precision farming, RAS, algae or insect based foodstuffs, and new processing technologies to increase shelf-life. Overall, research needs to contribute to the promotion of a sustainable intensification, combining an increased efficiency with decreased environmental burden, to the reuse and recycling of food waste, to improve the resilience of food systems towards climate change, and to improved monitoring. Social sciences can provide insights in the various components of food systems and their dynamics in relation to sustainability objectives.

 

Both reports take an integrated systems-based approach.

Scientific opinion on Sustainable food system

SAPEA evidence report on Sustainable Food Systems

EATiP as European Bioeoconomy Stakeholder

The European Commission organized its last European Bioeconomy  Stakeholder Panel in Brussels, on March 4. Because the bioeconomy is made up of many different sectors, it is difficult for one single expert or organisation to have a complete overview. The Bioeconomy Stakeholders Panel meets that challenge by bringing together, in one group, people with different stakeholder perspectives. EATiP is the single representative of the aquaculture sector. As its primary goal, the Panel supports EU’s Bioeconomy Strategy. The Panel’s top three commitments for each sector have been related to stakeholder engagement, regional actions and education in the bioeconomy.

EATiP held a presentation on “Partnering aquaculture stakeholder groups and regions to support growth, sustainability and innovation (see attached).

The picture shows the attending Stakeholder Panel Members during the Brussels meeting.

Marine data to support aquaculture in the North Atlantic

In collaboration with Copernicus Marine, EMODnet and the European Commission, EATiP organizes the expert workshop on “Marine data to support aquaculture in the North Atlantic”, on May 5-6 in Trondheim, Norway. This event, on invitation only, will explore opportunities and applications for open source marine environmental data to support and innovate the aquaculture sector in the North Atlantic region. The ultimate goal is to set up a collaborative platform with key stakeholders to develop a methodology for ecosystem based management of aquaculture based on existing data. The participants will be experienced Copernicus / EMODnet users, data providers, coastal managers and aquaculture data end users. If you would like to apply to join the workshop, please contact secretariat@eatip.eu.

For more information, and access to the use case book dedicated to Marine Food, please look at http://marine.copernicus.eu/marine-data-to-support-aquaculture-in-the-north-atlantic/

All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum (Feb 5-7, 2020)

EATiP organised, in collaboration with the AORA aquaculture working group and the AquaVitae project, a workshop in Brussels to promote cross-Atlantic collaboration. The European Commission (DG RTD), EATiP and its Mirror Platforms, together with the project delegates looked into how aquaculture clusters can act as vehicles to facilitate aquaculture cooperation, in particular between Europe, US, Canada, Brazil and South Africa. Results of the discussion were presented at the All-Atlantic Forum, gathering politicians, research managers, governmental organisations, project coordinators, and industry representatives from all corners of the Atlantic Ocean.

EATiP provided recommendations on how to jointly unveil the resources of the ocean sustainably. These will contribute to setting a new strategic direction for the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance which can support the implementation of the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and deliver on the priorities such as the European Green Deal, the Horizon Europe Mission Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters and other national or regional commitments taken by the different international partners.

A report of the event will be made available shortly.

Low Trophic Aquaculture Value Chain Report

Photo credit: Wald Fredriksen

Under the slogan “Our Future – Growing from water”, the Aquaculture Europe 2019 conference addressed innovative ways to support the aquaculture economy. This year, the European Commission DG RTD unit “Healthy Oceans & Seas” and the EATiP co-organised a full day programme called “Low impact – High output”. It addressed future opportunities of new value chains in aquaculture, specifically targeting low trophic species.

Through three consecutive sessions, major outcomes of European technology and innovation efforts contributing to ensuring food and nutrition security were presented, followed by industry-driven panel discussions where the audience had the chance to participate. The sessions provided a dissemination arena and high visibility of EU support to the sector. They also generated ideas for future research by linking Horizon 2020 project findings to opportunities for industrial applications and uptake. The AQUAEXCEL2020 session aimed to create a forum for engagement and exchange between researchers and potential industry beneficiaries, focusing on presenting innovative solutions generated by the project with potential high impact on the aquaculture industry.

Read the full report from the EU-EATiP Day here:

Preventing marine litter: Questionnaire from EMFF-funded BLUENET project

With the EMFF-funded BLUENET project, measures are being made to prevent marine litter generation, by creating new life for abandoned, lost or discarded fishing and aquaculture gears.

The European funded project BLUENET aims at testing actions that can prevent and reduce marine litter from fisheries and Aquaculture. BLUENET is seeking information regarding the perception of aquaculture and the lifecycle of the components used in aquaculture production. Therefore, the aim of this questionnaire is to obtain information from different aquaculture value chain stakeholders, including consumers, researchers, gear manufacturers, policy makers, producers, etc., to help us to set up actions that could help to reduce the rate of gear loss at sea, improve their performance and increase the capacity for recovery and recycling. We would really appreciate if you could contribute to this research with your knowledge by completing this questionnaire and forwarding it to your relevant contacts:

Questionnaire in English: 

https://www.surveymonkey.de/r/BLUENET_ENGLISH;

Questionnaire in Spanish: 

https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/BLUENET_ESPANOL

Thank you in advance for your support!

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TRAINING-OF-TRAINERS IN SFAX (TUNISIA)
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The training in “Advanced Scientific Knowledge of Marine Environment” aims to share knowledge and scientific expertise on methods and modelling tools in assessing environmental impacts in the marine sector. The training will take place from October 21st to October 25th 2019. The selection procedures go from June 28th to July 26th, while the selected candidates will be notified within July 30th.

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ADVANCED TRAINING IN TRIESTE (ITALY)
COORDINATED BY OGS

The first advanced training session – “Sea governance and blue growth: balancing sustainable use and conservation through Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) in the field of fisheries and aquaculture” – of Deep Blue project will take place in Trieste (Italy) from September 23rd to September 27th 2019.

Copernicus for Fisheries and Aquaculture

On October 2nd, Alexandra Neyts participated at the Copernicus workshop in Brussels, organised by DG GROW and designed to profile the programme to its potential end users in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.

Copernicus is a data monitoring service, based on both satellite and in situ observations.  All marine issues are gathered under the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS). CMEMS may provide a suitable framework for the development of better models for aquaculture siting and licensing, and opportunities for collaboration with EATiP are being investigated.

Also, the FAO BlueBridge initiative may be of use to the aquaculture sector.  It is developing services to support the analysis of socio-economic performance in aquaculture, and supports capacity building through converting operation data into knowledge to improve companies’ efficiency, sustainability and profitability.

Finally, the “Support Aquaculture and Fisheries Industry” (SAFI) project, is about exploiting Earth Observation resources to support the industries in coastal regions.  A webGIS tool was developed based on registrations from satellites, in order to identify optimal site locations for fish farms.

For more information: http://copernicus.eu/fisheries-aquaculture-workshop