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Fisheries and Aquaculture
Fisheries and Aquaculture - Towards sustainable development of fishing and aquaculture activities
“To optimise the application of current molecular biology and genome research, methods and results to aquaculture”

The problem

The Fifth and Sixth Framework Programmes for Research (FP5 and FP6) bridged a period of exceptionally rapid progress in molecular technology associated with a number of large-scale sequencing projects. These molecular technologies have become routine such that gene mapping and a functional genomics approach to aquaculture research is widespread. However, maximising the benefit derived from these disparate efforts requires a careful integration of project outcomes.

AQUAFUNC  Molecular biology and genome research into aquaculture


AQUAFUNC aims to integrate the outcome of projects funded under FP5 and FP6 to generate a common scientific basis for a functional genomics approach to aquaculture. To enable better exploitation and dissemination of the results generated by these projects, AQUAFUNC will:

  • Bring together researchers working with a functional genomics approach to aquaculture to exchange, analyse and discuss results
  • Collate and analyse results from earlier projects in joint scientific publications
  • Create a webpage presenting functional genomics projects with links and contacts to corresponding institutes
  • Evaluate future needs and priorities for integrating results, facilities and resources

Contribution to policy development:

  • AQUAFUNC will improve the accessibility to current molecular and genome research and enable policy-makers to make informed decisions in support of aquaculture within the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)
  • It will provide a readily accessible web-based reference site to keep policy-makers abreast of the current distribution of molecular biology and genomics in the field of aquaculture research
  • It will assist in ensuring the adoptions of up-to-date methodologies by all those engaged in this field who are contributing to policy development in support of the CFP

Project deliverables

  • Publication strategy with role of different WG members – March 2006
  • Report summarising scientific and technical content of each project – May 2006
  • Websites with a public access and restricted (R&D) access – January 2007
  • Prioritised list of future requirements to benefit aquaculture – November 2007
  • Final report, newsletter and book manuscript – November 2007


  • Newsletter – November 2006, May and November 2007
  • Final plan for using and disseminating knowledge – November 2007
  • Regular meeting of project participants and scientists active in the field will increase awareness of current research and facilitate collaboration – ongoing
  • Single-issue edition of a peer-review scientific journal summarizing and reviewing the current status or R&D in this field – November 2007
  • Convene an open workshop at an international trade and science conference 
  • Public website – January 2007

Technical information

Project acronym: AQUAFUNC
Project’s official full title: Integrated knowledge on functional genomics in sustainable aquaculture
Research priority: 1.3. Modernisation and sustainability of fisheries, including aquaculture-based production systems
Specific webpage: Details not yet available
Proposal/contract no: 022685
Start date: November 2005
Kick off meeting: February 2006
Completion date: November 2007
European Commission scientific officer: Mário Lopes dos Santos,

Dr. Kristina Sundell
Name: Fish Endocrinology Laboratory, Department of Zoology and Zoo-physiology
Abbreviated name: UGOT
Address: University of Göteborg
Vasaparken, POB 463
SE 40530 Göteborg
Country: Sweden
Tel: + 46 31-773 1000
Fax: +46 31-773 1064


Name: Dr. Deborah Power - Comparative and Molecular Endocrinology Group
Abbreviated name: CCMAR, UALG
Country: Portugal

Name: Dr. Patrick Prunet - Group of Physiology of Stress and Adaptation in fish
Abbreviated name: INRA-1307
Country: France

Name: Dr. Antonio Figueras - Instituto Investigaciones Marinas
Abbreviated name: CSIC
Country: Spain