7 million euro project to promote sustainable aquaculture growth in Europe

An international team of fish farming experts, including the University of Murcia (Spain) and the Instituto IMDEA Agua (Madrid), has commenced a four-year project to set up new strategies and models capable of fostering sustainable growth in Europe’s aquaculture industry. The project has a budget of just under 7 million euro.

The project, called TAPAS (“Tools for Assessment and Planning of Aquaculture Sustainability”), is led by the University of Stirling (United Kingdom) and is a Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Action financed by the European Commission. It will create cost-effective management tools and practices for the European aquaculture sector to investigate the scope of fish and shellfish farming activity in a location, social interactions, potential environmental impacts and any future risks.

The European Consortium will evaluate structures currently in operation across the EU’s seas, lakes and rivers, examining various environments and developing new approaches to deliver computer-based support systems for sustainable aquaculture expansion. The project is in line with the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive, which obliges Member States to protect the marine environment more effectively through continuous environmental assessment, using early warning systems and efficient management technologies.