Sustainable aquaculture

Institute: Ancona, Lesina, Messina

Through research dedicated to the development of Integrated Multitrophic Aquaculture Systems (IMTA), the testing of innovative, eco-sustainable feeds that respect the environment and the welfare of the farmed product, the study of the microbiome of farmed fish and the interactions between aquaculture activities and the surrounding ecosystem, this area of research ultimately intends to promote and ensure the growth of intelligent, circular and sustainable aquaculture, in line with the international trajectories of blue growth, the circular economy and the One Health approach.

Research Projects

The research activities of the Institute are carried out in the context of research, development and innovation projects, both national and international, based on regional funding programs (POR FEAMPA - Regional Operational Program of the European Maritime Affairs Fisheries Fund and Aquaculture and POR FESR - Regional Operational Program of the European Regional Development Fund) or ministerial (PRIN - Projects of relevant national interest, PNRA - National Research Program in Antarctica, PO FEAMPA - National Operational Program European Maritime Affairs Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund) , programs for European Territorial Cooperation (Interreg), direct funding programs of the European Commission (Horizon2020 and Horizon Europe, Life, JPI - Joint Programming Initiatives, ERA-NET Cofund) and thematic collaboration initiatives managed by international organizations such as, for example , the FAO - GFCM (General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean). The Institute also develops funded projects in the context of collaborations with private companies in the sectors of the blue economy as well as technology transfer and research results. Research projects, mainly of a collaborative nature, are developed through a wide network of partners that include major Italian and foreign research institutions and universities.

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