Over the past decades, aquaculture has become one of the fastest growing animal production sectors in the world.
Aquaculture in Europe is supported by an economically self-sustaining industry. However, its full potential still needs to be realised. FP7 research contributes to ensuring disease prevention and the safety and quality of a variety of aquaculture products, while also protecting the environment.
Supporting cutting-edge scientific and technological knowledge on the improvement and diversification of aquaculture production systems is key to promoting the sustainable development of aquaculture.
In-depth understanding of essential biological functions
The research projects receiving support in the field of aquaculture aim to provide a better understanding of the essential biological functions of farmed aquatic animals: in particular, reproduction and selective breeding, diseases and health, adaptation and welfare of cultured species, and nutrition. Efforts are also being devoted to the development of sustainable aquaculture feeds for safe and healthy seafood production.
Supporting an ecosystem-approach to aquaculture activities
Understanding, anticipating and mitigating environmental and anthropogenic factors affecting aquaculture is crucial for the sustainable and economically viable development of aquaculture activities. Therefore, research to support an ecosystem-based approach to aquaculture is a critical priority of our research activities. Furthermore, understanding the two-way interactions between aquaculture and the environment is a critical step towards securing an adequate regulatory framework. This is necessary because aquaculture relies strongly on a high-quality rearing environment.
Research projects also aim to investigate the socio-economic dimension – including economic sustainability – of aquaculture activities both in Europe and globally.