DIVERSIFY: Enhancing the European aquaculture production by removing production bottlenecks of emerging species, producing new products and accessing new markets

Project info
Description: 

The European aquaculture is a modern industry employing 190,000 people, with a €7 billion ex-farm value.
This sector is well situated to be among world leaders in the efficient and sustainable production of safe
seafood of the highest quality and nutritional value, taking into account consumer preferences and the large
diversity of aquatic products from the wild. DIVERSIFY identified a number of new/emerging finfish species,
with a great potential for the expansion of the EU aquaculture industry. The emphasis is on Mediterranean
or warm-water cage culture, but also addressed are cold-water, pond/extensive and fresh water aquaculture.
These new/emerging species are fast growing and/or large finfishes, marketed at a large size and can be
processed into a range of products to provide the consumer with both a greater diversity of fish species and new
value-added products. DIVERSIFY focuses on meagre (Argyrosomus regius) and greater amberjack (Seriola
dumerili) for warm-water marine cage culture, wreckfish (Polyprion americanus) for warm- and cool-water marine
cage culture, Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus) for marine cold-water culture, grey mullet (Mugil
cephalus) a euryhaline herbivore for pond/extensive culture, and pikeperch (Sanders lucioperca) for freshwater
intensive culture using RAS. These species were selected based both on their biological and economical
potential, and to cover the entire European geographic area and stimulate different aquaculture types. In
collaboration with a number of SMEs, DIVERSIFY will build on recent/current national initiatives for species
diversification in aquaculture, in order to overcome the documented bottlenecks in the production of these
species. The combination of biological, technological and socioeconomic research planned in DIVERSIFY are
expected to support the diversification of the aquaculture industry and help in expanding production, increasing
aquaculture products and development of new markets.

Project Website: 

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Coordinating Institute: 
IMBBC, HCMR
Time Frame
Begin of project (Year): 
2013
End of project (Year): 
2018
Financing
Funding Source: 
EU FP7
Total Budget (€): 
8.961.004
Budget for IMBBC (€): 
102.733
Involved persons from IMBBC
NameRoleResponsibilities
Role: 
Project coordinator
Responsibilities: 
Project coordinator, involved in WP2,3,4,5,6,7 (Reproduction) and 31 Dissemination
Role: 
Scientific Responsible
Responsibilities: 
WP leader
Name: 
Efthimia Cotou
Role: 
Participation
Name: 
Vasso Terzoglou
Role: 
Participation
Role: 
Participation
Role: 
Participation
Role: 
Participation
Name: 
Maria Papadaki
Role: 
Participation
Name: 
Eirini Sigelaki
Role: 
Participation
Name: 
Rigos George
Role: 
Participation
Role: 
Participation

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