Our EATiP booth #39 was a great success with lots of visits from many colleagues from all over.


Information was given about our project work including:

    • Providing technical input to The EC Aquaculture Assistance Mechanism
    • The AQUAEXCEL 3.0 project – opening up transnational access to EU research networks
    • OLAMUR – considering marine multi use (aquaculture and wind energy) as part of the EU Mission Ocean Baltic and North Sea Lighthouse

The  EATiP / EC / EAS INNOVATION FORUM was extremely well attended on Wednesday 20 September (Programme), as well as the AQUAEXEL3.0 networking drink following the event.


More on the AQUAEXCEL3.0 presentations 

Experimental assessment of the fish meal content requirements for Meagre feeds, by Ramon Fontillas | Skretting ARC (Netherlands).

The effect of krill meal inclusion on the growth of juvenile gilthead seabream, by Kiranpreet Kaur | Aker BioMarine Antarctic AS (Norway).

Metal amino acid complexes as a cost-effective strategy to help reducing fish meal in European seabass diets, by Claudia Silva | Zinpro (Portugal).










Introducing our new EATiP President!

We are delighted to report that further to the announcement at the General Assembly that after a remarkable 14 years of service our founding President Gustavo Larrazabal was standing down, the EATiP Board has duly elected Alex Obach, Director of Innovation at Skretting, to be our President for the next year.
EATiP President 2023 – 2024, Alex Obach.

Alex Obach has been the Innovation Director in Skretting since July 2021 and is the head of Skretting Aquaculture Innovation (Skretting AI).

Originally from Barcelona, he is a veterinarian with a Master in Aquaculture from the University of Girona (Spain) and a PhD in fish pathology and immunology from the University of West Brittany (France).

Alex started working at the Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre (ARC) in 1993 as a researcher, initially within fish health then as a nutritionist. From May 2007 to July 2021, he was the Managing Director of Skretting ARC (Aquaculture Research Centre), the global R&D unit of Skretting. He was also engaged as lecturer at the University of Barcelona (1995-1997), and worked as Technical Director in Marine Harvest (2004-2007).

Commenting on his election and the important role that EATiP plays in promoting strategic research and innovation needs for European Aquaculture, Alex notes, “I am convinced that innovation and technological development will be instrumental to secure the sustainable growth of the aquaculture industry and Europe, encouraged through the assistance of EATiP and the identification of strategic research and innovation priorities alongside innovation transfer,  should be a role model to promote innovation at all levels and by all the stakeholders in our industry”.

We are sure that you join with the Board and Secretariat in welcoming Alex to the position of President and we look forward to sharing future developments with you!

Introducing Sarah Joly

The EATiP Secretariat are delighted to be hosting an intern for the third consecutive year, continuing our tradition of taking a student from the University of Liège who is studying for a Masters in Oceanography.

This year we are delighted to welcome Sarah Joly.

Sarah will be assisting the EATiP team  on a number of project and administrative tasks and we look forward to her getting to know both our diverse projects and membership in more detail.  In a short message that Sarah provided by way of introducing herself to the EATiP Platform, we were struck with her clear understanding of the need to balance the public demand for sustainable industries with the increasingly important role of aquaculture in the provision of Blue Foods to the European market.

“I support the concept of aquaculture, the need to farm fish, shellfish and algae, but also appreciate the consumer perspective of wishing to see “sustainable” industries. In summary, I am in line with the socio-economic vision for the development of the aquaculture sector and the wider blue economy.”

Sarah Joly – 2nd Year Masters Student at the University of Liège



Although the intern position is only for one month, it looks like Sarah will be returning to the aquaculture community before too long, going on to tell us, “I was lucky enough to get an internship at EATIP. This gives me an opportunity for concrete consideration of the practical issues relating to aquaculture. This apprenticeship also gives me the opportunity to consider the range of work and opportunities in this field. This is something that I would like to pursue after my university studies have concluded.”

We look forward to working with Sarah and showing the wealth of opportunities there are in aquaculture – as demonstrated across our diverse platform membership and to demonstrate to her trends and priorities in the aquaculture research and innovation network, both in terms of industry priorities but also from the perspectives of policy considerations.   We thank our supporters and members for their welcome to Sarah over the next few weeks – let’s see what opportunities might arise!

OLAMUR – a new EU funded project addressing aquaculture and renewable energy.

EATiP are delighted to be participating in a new EU Mission Ocean Lighthouse project, considering the integration of aquaculture production with renewable wind energy in marine multi use sites.

The OLAMUR project, running from January 2023 to December 2026 will engage 25 partners across European industry and research organisations who will work together to farm kelp and mussels at three pilot sites in Europe: two existing offshore wind farms and one fish farm that produces rainbow trout.

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) in Norway is leading the project, whilst EATiP will take responsibility for leading on communication and dissemination activities.