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Research Programs


IRIDA participates in a research program with state-of-the-art research centers for the development of meagre culture.

IRIDA S.A. and FORKYS S.A. are the commercial partners of the Institute of Aquaculture, Hellenic Center of Marine Research (HCMR) and the University of Crete in a recently approved project titled “Development of methods for reproduction and rearing of meagre (Argyrosomus regius) as a measure to enhance the competitiveness of aquaculture with the introduction of new species”.  The program (acronym KRANIOS) is funded by the General Secretariat of Research and Technology, (contract pending) under the Action plan for Collaborative research programmes of small and medium scale.  The objectives of the program, coordinated by HCMR, are to study all aspects of the lifecycle of meager in culture, in order to optimize protocols for broodstock management, larval rearing, nursery and growout in sea cages (FORKYS).  A novel feed will be developed (IRIDA) by studying the fish’s metabolism and nutrient requiremends (HCMR), that will be tailored for this species and will result in optimal health, growth and FCR.  The appearance of any disease and health issues will be monitored (HCMR) and the susceptibility of meager to stress will be studied (University of Crete).  The effect of different diets on final product quality will be studying through the use of flesh analyses and expert panel evaluations (HCMR).  The program will last for three years 2011-2013 and is expected to provide new knowledge that will allow the cost-effective intensification of meager culture in Greece and the Mediterranean region, thus contributing to the diversification of the aquaculture industry and the supply of a new product of excellent nutritional qualities for the European consumer.
Kranios – for more information click here





IRIDA participates in a research program with state-of-the-art research centers for Bluefin Tuna reproduction and larval rearing.

IRIDA together with BLUEFIN TUNA HELLAS and STAMATIOU, have joined forces with the Institute of Aquaculture, Hellenic Center of Marine Research (HCMR), and are collaborating in a new project titled “Reproduction of Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus) in captivity and fingerling production for growout”.  The program is funded by the General Secretariat of Research and Technology, (approved, contract pending) under the Action plan for the support of groups of SMEs involved in research and technological development activities.  The objectives of the program (acronym THYNNOS) are to establish a broodstock of mature bluefin tuna captured from the wild (BLUEFIN TUNA HELLAS), which will be provided with an appropriate diet to encourage reproductive maturation (IRIDA).  During the natural spawning season in June-July, fish will be treated with reproductive therapies pioneered by researchers of HCMR through their involvement in European-wide research programs (REPRODOTT and SELFDOTT).  The expected spawned eggs will be collected by egg collecting devices (STAMATIOU) and will be shipped to the research facilities of HCMR in Crete (AQUALABS) for the larval rearing stages.  The project THYNNOS is will last for three years (2011-2013) and is expected to contribute to the European efforts for the development of the necessary expertise for the closure of the life-cycle of this unique fish, and the development of a proper aquaculture industry for Atlantic bluefin tuna independently from the wild populations.


DIVERSIFY – for more information click here


IRIDA is proud to be actively participating in the FP7 research project DIVERSIFY funded by the EU and of course we will support it in every possible way as we did with other similar projects in the past.

– Enhancing the European aquaculture production by removing production bottlenecks of emerging species, producing new products and accessing new markets.




The European aquaculture is a modern industry employing 190,000 people, with a €7 billion ex-farm value.  This sector is well situated to be among world leaders in the efficient and sustainable production of safe seafood of the highest quality and nutritional value, taking into account consumer preferences and the large diversity of aquatic products from the wild.  DIVERSIFY identified a number of new/emerging finfish species, with a great potential for the expansion of the EU aquaculture industry.  The emphasis is on Mediterranean or warm-water cage culture, but also addressed are cold-water, pond/extensive and fresh water aquaculture.  These new/emerging species are fast growing and/or large finfishes, marketed at a large size and can be processed into a range of products to provide the consumer with both a greater diversity of fish species and new value-added products.  DIVERSIFY focuses on meagre (Argyrosomus regius) and greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili) for warm-water marine cage culture, wreckfish (Polyprion americanus) for warm- and cool-water marine cage culture, Atlantichalibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus) for marine cold-water culture, grey mullet (Mugil cephalus) a euryhaline herbivore for pond/extensive culture, and pikeperch (Sanders lucioperca) for freshwater intensive culture using RAS.  These species were selected based both on their biological and economical potential, and to cover the entire European geographic area and stimulate different aquaculture types.  In collaboration with a number of SMEs, DIVERSIFY will build on recent/current national initiatives for species diversification in aquaculture, in order to overcome the documented bottlenecks in the production of these species.  The combination of biological, technological and socioeconomic research planned in DIVERSIFY are expected to support the diversification of the aquaculture industry and help in expanding production, increasing aquaculture products and development of new markets.





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.

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The overall objective of FutureEUAqua is to effectively promote sustainable growth of resilient to climate changes, environmental friendly organic and conventional aquaculture of major fish species and low trophic level organisms in Europe, to meet future challenges with respect to the growing consumer demand for high quality, nutritious and responsibly produced food.  To this end, FutureEUAqua will promote innovations in the whole value chain, including genetic selection, ingredients and feeds, non-invasive monitoring technologies, innovative fish products and packaging methods, optimal production systems such as IMTA and RAS, taking into account socioeconomic considerations by the participation of a wide spectrum of stakeholders, training and dissemination activities.


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New Technologies, Tools and Strategies for a Sustainable Resilient and Innovative Aquaculture.


Recently, the four year European Union-subsidized and self-participation program, NewTechAqua, was approved under the Horizon 2020program. Consortium members are some of the largest applied research institutes in the fisheries and aquaculture sector, such as the Seafood Innovation Cluster, NOFIMA, MOWI and the Norwegian Veterinary Institute (NVI).  NewTechAqua aims to expand and diversify the European product of fresh juveniles, molluscs and micro-algae by developing and validating advanced technology solutions for sustainable development to ensure the sustainability of European aquaculture and its global role in technology leadership.





IRIDA S.A. participates in the research project Magiatiko. You can find more information at and the summary is the following:


The objective of the project MAGIATIKO is the improvement of broodstock management of greater amberjack (Seriola  dumerili) and the production of high quality fingerlings in order to enable the industrial production of the species by the Greek aquaculture industry.  There is tremendous interest for this species by the European and Greek sector, as this species has a large body and exhibits very high growth rates.  Greater amberjack reaches 3 kg at 2 years and 5 kg at 3 years of age.  The proposal MAGIATIKO plans to build on the knowledge acquired by the European project DIVERSIFY (FP7,, which is coordinated by the Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture (IMBBC) of the Hellenic Center for Marine Research (HCMR).  One of the main goals of this 5-year project was the study of the reproductive biology of the greater amberjack in nature, the recognition of reproductive dysfunctions in captivity and the development of methods to control reproduction, and the development of larval rearing and fingerling production protocols.  In the framework of the DIVERSIFY project, IMBBC developed methods for reliable reproduction and egg production in captivity by greater amberjack broodstocks held at commercial aquaculture facilities.

During the implementation of the project MAGIATIKO, the reproduction and larval rearing methods that have been developed so far will be optimized.

Work package 1. Broodstock management and reproduction includes a series of studies aimed not only at providing the Greek aquaclture industry with constant production of eggs for larval rearing.  Now the objective is to be able to controll (a) by which individual breeders the fertilized eggs are produced, so that breeding programmes can be implemented, (b) at which time period during the reproductive season the highest quality eggs are produced and (c) the nutritional quality of the eggs through the production of a specific broodstock diet.

Work package 2. Larval rearing and fingerling production will optimize the developed larval rearing protocols and will make them more productive, through the collaboration with recognized academic institutions of Greece.  MAGIATIKO will use the most modern rearing methods (with copepods and probiotics) and larval rearing evaluation assessments (histology of organs involved in the detection, capture and process of feed, microbiograms of the digestive tract and skeletal deformities assessment) in order to develop an industrial protocol that will produce fingerlings of the highest quality for rearing in sea cages by the Greek industry.

With the completion of the project MAGIATIKO the Greek aquaculture industry will have at its disposal the necessary methods for (a) broodstock management and reproduction control  and (b) larval rearing and production of the highest quality greater amberjack fingerlings.  Greater amberjack production will diversify the production of the Greek industry, not only as far as the species is concerned, but also in regards to the products.  The large size of the greater amberjack enables a more efficient processing of the fish flesh and the production of value added products, which are more accessible to the consumer of the main European markets, where the Greek industry aims.