PerformFISH: A Major New Research Project Focused on a New Era of Consumer – Driven Development in Mediterranean Aquaculture. A new €7 million EC-funded research project titled PerformFISH officially launched in Volos, Greece, on 15-16 May 2017. PerformFISH will focus on developing consumer driven aquaculture production by integrating innovative approaches that can help ensure European sea bream and sea bass aquaculture businesses are sustainable and competitive.
IRIDA S.A. is proud to participate in PerformFISH as a member of ITEC (Industry Technical Experts Committee) and assist the efforts of the consortium of 28 partners from 10 different countries for the performance improvement of Mediterranean Aquaculture.
The overarching objective of PerformFISH is to increase the competitiveness of the Mediterranean aquaculture sector by tackling biological, technical and operational weaknesses that underlie the stagnation of marine fish production in the last decade, while addressing social and environmental responsibility and contributing to “Blue Growth”. Recognising that the performance stagnation is a common, complex and multi-factorial problem, PerformFISH will adopt a holistic approach with active industry involvement to ensure that Mediterranean Marine Fish Farming (MMFF) matures into a modern dynamic sector, highly recognized and appreciated by consumers and society at large for providing: a) safe and healthy food, b) employment and trade in rural, peripheral regions, and c) culturally important food with a low ecological footprint. The project will target established Mediterranean fish species, the gilthead sea bream (Sparus aurata) and the European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax), which represent 92.8% of the EU Mediterranean marine fish production volume (FEAP Annual Report 2015). PerformFISH brings together a carefully selected and representative multi-stakeholder, multi-disciplinary consortium to generate, validate and apply new knowledge in commercial settings to substantially improve performance of the focal fish species, measured through Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the sector. Furthermore, PerformFISH will promote and help to consolidate best practices; endorse certification and quality assurance; foster human capacity building; and engage with consumers and societal actors to promote the brand of MMFF practices and products.
The efforts of PerformFISH will be complemented by those of its sister project MedAID. Together the two projects represent a €14 million investment by the EC in the Mediterranean aquaculture research, further emphasizing Europe’s commitment to support the sustainable development of this important food sector.
The PerformFISH project website will be coming soon – keep an eye on www.performfish.eu