IMTA project to un­lock growth

Fish Farmer - - European News -

AN ini­tia­tive to pro­mote the devel­op­ment of in­te­grated multi-trophic aqua­cul­ture (IMTA) across Europe has been launched by a con­sor­tium of or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing Oban based SAMS (the Scot­tish As­so­ci­a­tion for Marine Sci­ence).

Eight groups in to­tal - from Spain, France, Ire­land, Por­tu­gal and the UK - are in­volved in the project, called In­te­grate, which aims to un­lock aqua­cul­ture growth and im­prove the qual­ity and pub­lic per­cep­tion of aqua­cul­ture prod­ucts.

Al­though IMTA sys­tems, whereby dif­fer­ent species are farmed to­gether at dif­fer­ent trophic lev­els, con­trib­ute to sus­tain­abil­ity by mak­ing the best use of the nu­tri­ent flow in aqua­cul­ture fa­cil­i­ties,

they have yet to reach their full po­ten­tial.

To ad­dress the bot­tle­necks, the EU funded In­te­grate pro­gramme will sup­port co­op­er­a­tion be­tween academia, the cor­po­rate sec­tor and rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties.

‘In­te­grate will de­liver tools to ef­fec­tively in­crease com­pet­i­tive­ness in At­lantic IMTA, un­lock­ing sec­to­rial green

growth and im­prov­ing the qual­ity and pub­lic per­cep­tion of aqua­cul­ture prod­ucts,’ said María del Mar Agraso, tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor at the An­dalu­sian Aqua­cul­ture Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre (CTAQUA), In­te­grate’s lead part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The three-year scheme is funded by the Euro­pean Re­gional Devel­op­ment Fund.

Above: Sup­port­ing co­op­er­a­tion

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