The available database comprises research projects in Fisheries, Aquaculture, Seafood Processing and Marine Biotechnology active in the time period 2003-2022.
BlueBio is an ERA-NET COFUND created to directly identify new and improve existing ways of bringing bio-based products and services to the market and find new ways of creating value from in the blue bioeconomy.

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Last Update: 2019/11/26

The future of research on aquaculture in the Mediterranean Region
FP7 - Coordination (or Networking) Actions
KBBE – Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology
Jean Paul Blancheton
Ifremer - French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (France)
ARO - Agricultural Research Organization; Volcani Center (Israel)AquaTT - AquaTT UETP Ltd (Ireland)HCMR - Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (Greece)INRH - Institut National de Recherche Halieutique (Morocco)INSA Toulouse - Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse (France)IZOR IOF - Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (Croatia)ISPRA - Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (Italy)NA - Ministry of Agriculture (Lebanon)GDAR - Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs; General Directorate of Agricultural Research (Turkey)DFMR - Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment; Department of Fisheries and Marine Research (Cyprus)CNRS - National Center for Scientific Research (France)INSTM - National Institute of Marine Sciences and Technologies (Tunisia)NIOF - National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (Egypt)IPMA - Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere (Portugal)IEO - Spanish Institute of Oceanography (Spain)NA - University of Annaba; Marine Bioresources Laboratory (Algeria)IMARES - Wageningen UR; Institute for Marine Resources and Ecosystem Studies (Netherlands)
€ 996,852
The sustainable development of fresh and marine water Mediterranean aquaculture is an important issue for all the bordering countries. The sector is confronted to recurrent crisis due to inadequate production systems and competitiveness, interaction and space competition with other users and the need for a proper integration in the coastal zones, possible negative impact on the environment and negative image of the product quality, in spite of initiatives from national and international bodies, such as CAQ-GFCM, FEAP and EAS. Fundamental and applied research projects address these issues at a regional or local scale. The existence of common constraints for Mediterranean bordering countries underlines the interest of a collective initiative to pool efforts. The objectives of the Aquamed project, gathering 15 countries, are to reinforce the Mediterranean research sector and to create a sustained multi-stakeholder platform that will provide the interested parties with clear and shared information and priorities for future research. The first step of the project was to draw a complete picture of the research activities, ongoing projects, teams and facilities in the field of aquaculture around the Mediterranean, in order to set the foundation of the platform and to understand the fundaments of the existing research structures and activities. To reach this goal, the project needed to collect, at each country level, information on the activity, which included a list of the main stakeholders, key information on national regulatory mechanisms and governance and an inventory of all means and initiatives in the field of aquaculture. All the data collected were organized and stored in a database and then processed for analyses. The second step was to define common situations and constraints between Mediterranean countries, which are much contrasted in terms of importance of the sector, domestic market demand, typology of the industry, research and development structures and capacities. Countries confronted to similar driving forces were grouped in order to foster information exchanges and to formulate more focused science-based recommendations. In parallel, all along the project, the partners did set up a multi-stakeholder platform to promote and share research directions. This platform benefited from the synthesis of the research analyses, which allowed to set the right scopes and directions. It produced a revolving implementation plan based on the identification of plans of action to overcome the top constraints to the sustainable development of aquaculture that were identified and ranked by the stakeholders. An assessment tool for monitoring the sustainability of the Mediterranean aquaculture sector in general and more specifically of research in aquaculture in the Mediterranean region was set up, based relevant sustainability indicators validated during the project events and an easy to use frame. At the end of the project, the Aquamed platform was adopted as a subsidiary body of the Committee of Aquaculture of the General Fisheries commission for the Mediterranean, which enables its long term activity. The project did open new concepts to rationalize research programming in order to identify efficient research programs avoiding duplication fragmentation and dispersion of research efforts and to stimulate a long-term cooperation and coordination among policy makers, aquaculture industry and RTD performers in the Region. The Project consortium, covering most of the situations of the aquaculture sector met in the Mediterranean, did put the emphasis on the participatory approach, the dissemination of the outcomes of the AQUAMED activities and the continuation of operation of the multi-stakeholder platform for years after the project ends. Mediterranean aquaculture is facing various constraints related to different environmental, economic, social and institutional factors. Therefore sharing intellectual and physical research resources remains a challenge. So far, all the stakeholders involved during the project recognized a clear mutual benefit generated by an open dialogue and cooperation opportunities. The continuation of the platform operation will reinforce it and contribute efficiently to a more sustainable development of the Mediterranean aquaculture.
Aquaculture management; Sustainability; Indicators;
Algeria (GSA 4) South of Sicily (GSA 16) Gulf of Lions (GSA 7) Balearic Island (GSA 5) Northern Alboran Sea (GSA 1) Northern Adriatic (GSA 17) Gulf of Gabes (GSA 14) Eastern Ionian Sea (GSA 20) Alboran Island (GSA 2) Northern Tunisia (GSA 12) North Levant (GSA 24) Southern Adriatic Sea (GSA 18) Southern Alboran Sea (GSA 3) Sardinia (west) (GSA 11.1) Ligurian and North Tyrrhenian Sea (GSA 9) Aegean Sea (GSA 22) Northern Spain (GSA 6) South Tyrrhenian Sea (GSA 10) Corsica Island (GSA 8) Gulf of Hammamet (GSA 13) Western Ionian Sea (GSA 19) Southern Ionian Sea (GSA 21) South Levant (GSA 26) Cyprus Island (GSA 25) Sardinia (east) (GSA 11.2) Malta Island (GSA 15) Levant (GSA 27) Crete Island (GSA 23)
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