FISHBOOST: Improving European aquaculture by advancing selective breeding to the next level for the six main finfish species

Project info
Description: 

Only about 10% of today’s global aquaculture production use genetically improved stocks. In Europe, some breeding
programmes consist of only the basic components of a breeding scheme. Hence, there is large potential to increase efficiency
and profit by domestication and genetic improvement of farmed finfish. The main challenge of FISHBOOST is to realise
this potential into economic and social acceptable breeding schemes, and advance these for each of the six target species.
Acknowledging the different capacities of the species, the aim of FISHBOOST is: To improve the efficiency and profitability
of European aquaculture by advancing selective breeding to the next level for each of the six main finfish species through
collaborative research with industry. FISHBOOST considers the main components of breeding programmes for Atlantic
salmon, common carp, European seabass, gilthead seabream, rainbow trout and turbot. Disease resistance and production
efficiency are genetically improved through detailed phenotyping and advanced genomic technologies. The economic impact
and the consumers’ and producers’ perceptions will be assessed for the recommendations for each of the species. 12
well-recognised RTD participants in Europe on aquaculture breeding will collaborate in a four year comprehensive research
project with 9 SMEs and 3 large industries throughout Europe that are in the lead of the development of their species’
breeding programmes or are vectors between industry and RTD. A mixture of low and high-tech technological advances
depending on current capacities of the species will be developed to move each species’ breeding program to the next
level. This step-change advance will facilitate balanced and sustainable breeding programmes applying a wide set of traits,
breeding tools and technologies. A dissemination program will deliver these results to SMEs and other end-users, thereby
advancing existing and stimulating new aquaculture breeding programmes in Europe.

Project Website: 
Coordinating Institute: 
NOFIMA, Norway
Time Frame
Begin of project (Year): 
2014
End of project (Year): 
2018
Financing
Funding Source: 
EU FP7
Total Budget (€): 
6.000.000
Budget for IMBBC (€): 
240.719
Involved persons from IMBBC
NameRoleResponsibilities
Role: 
Scientific Responsible
Responsibilities: 
Reporting, experiment set-up
Role: 
Participation
Role: 
Participation
Name: 
Rigos George
Role: 
Participation
Name: 
kgrigo
Role: 
Participation

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