Developing sustainable aquaculture in the south Atlantic

All Atlantic Conference Side Event – 03 June 2021 – “Developing Sustainable Aquaculture in the south Atlantic”

EATiP, with the support of Innovation Norway and BluEcoNet, has been selected to undertake a Joint Action (JA) within the EU Horizon 2020 funded AANChOR(All Atlantic Cooperation for Ocean Research) Coordination and Support Action, considering the establishment and viability of a multi stakeholder platform for aquaculture.  The JA will use Brazil as a case study, but with the clear intention for  application to other south Atlantic nations, including South Africa.  This JA has been selected in part to complement European Union objectives with regard to Belém Statement partners and additional accords with Argentina and Cape Verde.   The JA seeks to scope the potential for self-sustaining Atlantic aquaculture multi stakeholder platform(s) in the development of national or regional Strategic Research & Innovation agenda for sustainable industry development.

By way of introducing and launching the Joint Action, EATiP is collaborating in a side event at the forthcoming All Atlantic Conference with two other Horizon 2020 aquaculture projects focusing on Atlantic aquaculture: ASTRAL and AquaVitae.

EATiP, collaborating with ASTRAL & AquaVitae to address sustainable aquaculture in the south Atlantic

ASTRAL focuses on integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) farming, aiming to define, support, and promote this type of sustainable aquaculture production across the Atlantic area.

AquaVitae aims to increase aquaculture production in and around the Atlantic Ocean by developing new species, processes and products, focusing on low trophic species.

During this side event we will be considering what are the challenges and opportunities in trans-Atlantic research collaboration and the development of a sustainable Atlantic aquaculture industry.  AquaVitae and Astral will share experiences and best practices based on their research toward more sustainable aquaculture activities in the Belém Statement areas. Both projects will offer examples and opportunities of innovation, stakeholder participation, social awareness, and capacity building.
The event aims to bring together representatives from research institutions, industry as well as policymakers to respond to the challenges of the Mission Starfish 2030, EU Blue growth strategy and UN’s SDGs and to complement the other themes under consideration at the All Atlantic Conference.

To register for the side event, please click on this link.

Practical Details:

  • 03 June 2021
  • 13:30 – 15:30 CET
  • Registration Required – see link above.

“Knowledge & Innovation key”: Strategic Guidelines for EU Aquaculture – The next decade.

EATiP welcomes the publication by the European Commission (DG MARE) of a communication on the Strategic Guidelines for a more sustainable and competitive EU aquaculture for the period 2021 to 2030.

Of particular importance to us is the clear commitment given to the objective of increasing knowledge and innovation, one of four cross cutting objectives that cover 13 areas of work identified within the Communication.

This much anticipated document takes into account the future of the aquaculture sector referenced in the context of important policy developments such as the European Green Deal and the Farm to Fork Strategy – and also takes into account the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Of the four cross cutting objectives identified, the remaining three consider; building resilience and competitiveness, participating in the green transition and ensuring social acceptance and consumer information.

The Farm to Fork Strategy & EU Green Deal highlight the strategic potential for farmed seafood.

As the guidelines themselves note, “knowledge and innovation (including the use of digital technology) are key to achieve the other objectives [set out in the Communication] and they are especially important for building the resilience and competitiveness of aquaculture and ensuring its green transition”.

Horizon Europe, the forthcoming EU framework programme for research and innovation is set to play an important part in the realisation of these objectives. Sustainable aquaculture is identified as an important priority within Horizon Europe where it is hoped that aquaculture research and innovation will ensure a faster response to the current and future challenges and opportunities of the sector whilst avoiding a duplication of efforts and creating synergies across other research areas.

The multi stakeholder and collaborative approach is central to the function of EATiP and the development of our Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.  As the new strategic guidelines note, further efforts are suggested in several areas that are highly complementary to our aims and current working methodology.  Specifically those listed in the Communication cover:

  • Creating a framework for cooperation that brings together public authorities, industry, researchers, and educators, both at national and regional/local levels. This framework should include the development of innovation clusters for sustainable aquaculture.
  • Fostering the development and matching of research and innovation strengths across Member States and regions. This should include smart-specialisation strategies aimed at building full value chains across the EU.
  • Fostering effective dissemination of research and innovation results to industry end-users and the general public, as well as their exploitation, including by means of the close monitoring of the establishment and implementation of solid dissemination and exploitation plans of EU funded projects.
  • Promoting complementarity and synergies between research projects.
  • Facilitating access to EU funds for research and innovation in the aquaculture sector, by providing a clear overview of the available EU funding.

EATiP currently operates with 16 national / regional innovation clusters across 11 nations. Will the Guidelines encourage more clusters to form?

EATiP will continue to work on all these fronts and the emphasis on the development of innovation clusters is something that EATiP particularly welcome – noting the vital role that the current 16 national & regional Mirror Platforms currently play within our organisation.   Welcome too is the commitment given to the setting up on an EU Aquaculture Assistance Mechanism, not only in terms of assisting in the sharing of best practice but also in the development on an online platform hosting information on EU funding and EU funded projects.

Two further significant themes also emerge from the guidelines with regard to innovation.

It is encouraging that emphasis is placed on promoting investment in innovative solutions. As the Communication goes on to note, “investors often enter unfamiliar territory when investing in innovation” and this can be particularly true for aquaculture. As such we welcome commitment that  the EU’s BlueInvest initiative will continue to bring together investors and entrepreneurs in the aquaculture sector and that a financial instrument will be set up with EMFAF and InvestEU contributions which will be available to support investment in sustainable aquaculture activities and technologies. This will be in addition to that support afforded by individual EU Member States.

Finally, the key area of skills, education and training are acknowledged, and we look forward to further development of the themes referenced in the Communicaiton relating to the “promotion of specialised curricula and knowledge on aquaculture… …as well as life-long training for farmers on innovative approaches for the aquaculture sector”.

EATiP looks forward to building on our strong relations with the European Commission and other linked stakeholders in the delivery of the ambitions contained within the newly published Commuication and will ensure that technology, knowledge and innovation remain at the forefront of a sustainable European aquaculture sector. The role that EATiP and our Mirror Platforms have in the development of European aquaculture is something that we have already been discussing with the European Commission and with the publication of these guidelines and the imminent publication of both the Horizon Europe work programmes and EMFAF funding mechanism these proposals will be progressed further.

An exciting decade of innovation in European aquaculture is underway!

Stiim Aqua Cluster: expanding the EATiP Mirror Platform Network

EATiP is proud to announce that a further national Mirror Platform has joined the EATiP family – Stiim Aqua Cluster.  Stiim is the sixteenth national or regional cluster to join EATiP and demonstrates the strong commitment to the Platform from the Norwegian aquaculture industry.

Stiim Aqua Cluster – the 16th national cluster to join EATiP

Stiim Aqua Cluster represent a complete ecosystem for aquaculture innovation in Norway. The cluster now has about 130 members and partners from all of the country and is located on the south-western coast of Norway.

This brings the total number or organisations gathered under the EATiP Mirror Platform umbrella to around 1000 members – reaching across all aspects of the aquaculture industry value chain.

 

Amongst the cluster’s main focus areas are:

  • New areas for aquaculture to enhance sustainable seafood production
  • Increasing the availability of capital to stimulate innovation and growth
  • Promoting R&D projects and sharing of knowledge in member companies
  • Facilitating networking events and increasing competence within the indutstry

Blue Planet Academy is the cluster’s platform for promoting best practice in aquaculture. Blue Planet Academy is the world’s largest e-learning platform on aquaculture, offering thousands of videos and a variety of online courses on fish species from salmon to tilapia to customers around the world.

EATiP are delighted to welcome Stiim as a formal member of the platform and look forward to the increased experience, knowledge and potential for aquaculture innovation that our collaboration will bring.

Further details are available from the Stiim Aqua Cluster website and also through the LinkedIn network @Stiim Aqua Cluster

TECH TOUR OCEAN 2020 – NEW DATES

Due to the Corona virus disease (COVID-19), Tech Tour together with their partner KunnskapsParken Bodø have taken the decision to postpone the Tech Tour Ocean event to this autumn.

NEW DATE: 03-04 November 2020

PLACE: Bodø, Norway (see here how to get there)

Venue information:

Day 1 – November 3rd Day 2 – November 4th                        
Venture Academy Venture Forum
Salomon Center Bodø Radisson Blu Hotel Bodø

About the event:

Tech Tour together with KunnskapsParken Bodø is organizing the Tech Tour Ocean (TT Ocean) on the 03-04 November 2020 in the mesmerizing Bodø, Norway.

The Tech Tour Ocean (TT Ocean) is a Venture Forum which gives a unique opportunity for the most innovative entrepreneurs to meet and present themselves in front of active international investors and corporations seeking investment and partnerships.
The event is organized by Tech Tour and hosted by Kunnskapsparken Bodø (Bodø Science Park).
Participation is free of charge for presenting companies but based on selection. Register before 20 March 2020.

For more information see here.

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.

AQUIMER – launching of the French EATiP Mirror Platform

Since 2005 the AQUIMER cluster brings together large and small businesses, research laboratories and training institutions in the field of seafood resources to support innovation in France. As an EATiP Mirror Platform, AQUIMER is bringing its research priorities, development needs and ideas for innovation to a European level.
The workshop on June 26 in Paris gathered an active group of aquaculture stakeholders to discuss the EATiP position paper and its recommendations towards Horizon Europe.

The video sums up the aim of the event and the ideas to be further elaborated: https://aquimer.zetark.fr/index.php/s/PCDr9zOtK4OlNpE.

Follow us on the pathway towards a new research and innovation programme for aquaculture in Europe!

 

 

EATiP Mirror Platform Meeting

Representatives from twelve EATiP Mirror Platforms met in Berlin on January 22 and 23 to interact and to discuss common interregional challenges.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Yolanda Molares (ACUIPLUS) was appointed as Mirror Platform chairperson. It was also decided to develop a document pointing out the priorities in aquaculture research and innovation, based on the draft EATiP position paper.  The work will be carried out in four different working groups, i.e. Coldwater marine, Freshwater, Mediterranean and Shellfish, algae and other species.  Results will be presented at the EATiP Annual General Meeting.  The engagement in collaborative projects and joint actions was also discussed.

After the meeting a visit was paid to the ECF Aquaponic Farm, a site located centrally in Berlin which combines cultivation of Tilapia with the production of basil.

EATIP 10th Annual Meeting