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AquaVitae policy roundtable at DG MARE, Brussels, Belgium

AquaVitae’s policy roundtable: how to sustainably develop Europe’s low trophic aquaculture

AquaVitae project members joined representatives from the European Commission, advisory councils, industry and NGO´ at DG MARE, Brussels, for a policy roundtable.  On March 15th, the AquaVitae policy roundtable “Unlocking the potential of low-trophic aquaculture in the EU: diversification, environmental performance and competitiveness” was held at DG MARE in Brussels, Belgium. The

AquaVitae roundtable: discussing a low trophic sustainable aquaculture

AquaVitae roundtable will gathered important organizations to discuss the state of art of the low trophic aquaculture in Europe. On March 15th, 2023, the AquaVitae Consortium will hold a policy roundtable titled “Unlocking the potential of low-trophic aquaculture in the EU: diversification, environmental performance and competitiveness”. The event will take place

Biofluorescence apply to low trophic aquaculture

On the left, a green sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis) under normal light; on the right, excitation lighting. Note the red exudate being produced by the urchin that is not visible in normal lighting. Photos: Thomas Juhasz. By Thomas Juhasz, visiting AquaVitae PhD student at Nofima Aquaculture is a

2022: recap of a year of Atlantic collaboration

ASTRAL & AquaVitae teams in front of their shared booth at Europe Aquaculture, Rimini, September 2022 The Belém Statement on Atlantic Research and Innovation Cooperation (2017) aims at building bridges across the Atlantic. Thus, AquaVitae has been collaborating to the Atlantic Research Community since the project began in 2019. In 2022 this

3, 2, 1, off we go: final project movie

Camera and filmmaker: Rafael Méndez The AquaVitae project started in 2019. Since then, scientists and experts in different fields (from economics to policy) from 35 countries across the Atlantic work together to improve the future of aquaculture. This video showcases some of our activities and achievements. Learn how you can contribute

Philip James featuring AtlantEco Podcast

Philip James, AquaVitae´s coordinator, featured on the AtlantECO podcast

Philip James, AquaVitae´s coordinator, featured on the AtlantECO podcast broadcasted on November 16th There are important collaborations in the framework of H2020 projects. Philip James, AquaVitae´s coordinator, featured on the AtlantECO podcast broadcasted on November 16th where he presented the project and its achievements. Do you want to listen to

Helena Abreu at the field and an employee at the matternity room

ALGAplus: from birth to youth

From right to left: ALGAplus CEO, Helena Abreu, at the outdoor facilities. An employee working in the maternity room.  Photos: © Alfonso Ré Lau and ALGAplus. ALGAplus is a Portuguese company that farms organic certified seaweed in a land-based facility, an alternative to wild harvesting which is still the origin of

IMTA site at Faroe Islands

Comparison of the growth of Saccharina latissima at a cultivated natural area in Sørvágsfjørður, Faroe Islands

IMTA site in in Sørvágsfjørður, Faroe Islands – Photos: Mayleen Schlund By Mayleen Schlund, student at Leibniz University Hannover Integrated-Multi-Trophic-Aquaculture (IMTA) has been implemented in aquaculture systems as a sustainable ecological approach to limit aquacultural impacts on aquatic environments. The integration of macroalgae, such as Saccharina latissima into IMTA can lead to

EU Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevi?ius visit at Nofima

EU Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius visit at Nofima

EU Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius, CEO of Nofima Øyvind Fylling-Jensen, AquaVitae coordinator Philip James & sea urchins at Nofima While attending the conference Arctic Frontiers in Tromsø, EU commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevicius visited Nofima on the 10th of May. One of the topics discussed was

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AquaVitae partners gather again for the third annual meeting

From left to right up and down: seaweed, abalone, shrimp, blue mussels, oyster, sea cucumber, pirarucu and sea urchin. The AquaVitae consortium will meet in person in Porto, Portugal, where 70 project participants will join the third annual meeting of the Horizon 2020 project, in the first face-to-face annual meeting since

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A homage to women in sustainable aquaculture

Collage with women partners in AquaVitae  Today we celebrate the incredible women without whom the AquaVitae project would not be possible! According to the European Commission, in 2019, women represented 23% of the workforce in the aquaculture sector, and just 3 out of 10 women are scientific researchers, says a FAO analysis. Unfortunately,

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Macroalgae from IMTA: a sustainable diet for abalone aquaculture

Abalone shells, a low-trophic species from the Atlantic Ocean By Ben Opara, masters’ degree in Marine Biotechnology from UIT Aquaculture is one of the fastest-growing food production sectors whose growth is expected to continue in the coming decades. However, and considering climate change, it is crucial that the sector is developed with

AquaVitae in Aquaculture Europe 21, Mdeira.


AquaVitae project provided some presentations and posters during Aquaculture Europe 2021 in Madeira, Portugal Once again, the European Aquaculture Society organized Aquaculture Europe. In 2021 edition Madeira, Portugal, was chosen to celebrate the event that took place last October. The island welcomed more than 1400 participants from

AquaVitae student exchange programme, Faroe island

Learning about kelp in the Faroe Islands

Mayleen Schlund, apprentice at the research station Fiskaaling, Faroe Islands   – Photos: Mayleen Schlund Last summer Mayleen Schlund took part in AquaVitae training activities. The student exchange within the project framework allows the participants to expand their international networks and develop valuable transversal skills. Mayleen studies Physical Geography at the Leibniz University

Image analysis applied to oyester by Swedish center IVL. Photo by Asa Strand.

Classifying oysters using artificial intelligence

Oyster clasification by image analysis. Photos by Åsa Strand, IVL. By Jens Wilhelmsson, engineer at IVL. One of the most valuable bivalve molluscs in Sweden is the flat oyster, Ostrea edulis. However, domestic production of oysters fails to meet the demand on the local market at the same

All-Atlantic21 side even on sustinable aquaculture with AquaVitae, ASTRAL and EATiP.

The way forward: Trans-Atlantic collaboration on sustainable aquaculture

Screenshot with Elisa Ravagnan – ASTRAL, Philip James – AquaVitae and David Bassett – EATiP. What are the challenges and opportunities in trans-Atlantic research collaboration and the development of a sustainable Atlantic aquaculture industry? More than 100 participants from Europe, Africa, South and North America join online to discuss the challenges and opportunities on aquaculture