AquaIMPACT has initiated interaction with the two of its sister projects funded from the same Horizon 2020 Innovation Action call ‘Sustainable European aquaculture 4.0: nutrition and breeding innovations.’

On October 9th 2019, the three initiatives are organising a joint session at Aquaculture Europe 2019 (AE2019) congress in Berlin to present their approaches and commonalities.

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The three consortiums are AquaIMPACT, FutureEUAqua and iFishIENCi. These projects complement each other to develop in conjunction more sustainable aquaculture in EU.

Picture: Markus Kankainen.

AquaIMPACT – Genomic and Nutritional Innovations for Genetically Superior Farmed Fish

Coordinator: Antti Kause. Luke, Finland.


Twitter: @aqua_impact

AquaIMPACT is a major effort to integrate the fields of fish breeding and nutrition to increase the competiveness of EU’s aquaculture of Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, gilthead seabream and European seabass, to ensure food and nutrition security and to satisfy consumer demands for high-quality seafood with limited environmental impact. The use of genomic selection will be economically optimised and in combination with the nutritional and digital solutions demonstrated to produce more robust, healthy, nutritious and resource-efficient fish, promoting industrial practices of re-circular bioeconomy, zero-waste and more efficiency use of natural resources.

FutureEUAqua – Future growth in sustainable, resilient and climate friendly organic and conventional European aquaculture

Coordinator: Åsa Espmark. NOFIMA, Norway.


Twitter: @futureeuaqua

FutureEUAqua promotes the sustainable growth of climate-change resilient, environmentally-friendly organic and conventional aquaculture of major fish species (Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, gilthead seabream and European seabass) 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.

FutureEUAqua will promote innovations in the whole value chain: Sustainable breeding, feed ingredients and feeding, production systems (such as integrated multi-trophic aquaculture and recirculating aquaculture system), quality and safety, monitoring technologies, and consumer awareness.

iFishIENCi – Intelligent Fish feeding through Integration of Enabling technologies and Circular principles

Coordinator: Tamás Bardócz. AquaBioTech Group, Malta.


Twitter: @iFishIENCi

iFishIENCi provides new intelligent feeding technologies to support ambitious, but sustainable growth for the European aquaculture industry. The technologies include: Digital monitoring of fish biology, circular economy & valorization of waste, advanced water monitoring & smart feeding, digital learning & decision support, and cloud based integration & precision farming. The products developed in the project will be integrated and tested in different aquaculture systems producing rainbow trout, Atlantic salmon, European seabass, gilthead seabream and African catfish. The new technologies also will help the development of a smart breeding technology for African catfish to better utilize new, sustainable feed ingredients.

Through close collaborations between engineers and fish biologists, the smart feeding and monitoring systems will be more elaborate and precise. iFishIENCi will identify new value chains for the valorisation of specific waste (dirty water, sludge) from different production systems, leading to zero-waste target and value creation.

The results of the iFishIENCi will support the growth of EU production and help to fulfil the protein needs of the developing countries.