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Followingthe objectives of this Call, DIVERSIFY identified a number of new/emerging,large and/or fast growing finfish species, which are believed to be excellentcandidates for the expansion of the aquaculture industry of Europe.

Theemphasis is on the Mediterranean or warm-water cage culture industry, but alsoaddressed is pond/extensive culture, fresh water recirculation systems andcold-water species. These new/emerging species are marketed at a large size andcan be processed easily into a range of products to provide the consumer withboth a greater diversity of fish species and new processed products. Incollaboration with a number of SMEs, DIVERSIFY will build on recent/currentnational initiatives for species diversification in aquaculture, in order toovercome the documented bottlenecks in the aquaculture production of theseselected species. 

DIVERSIFYwill provide knowledge where needed to solve bottlenecks in juvenileproduction, grow-out, nutrition and feeding husbandry, new product developmentand marketing. 

Theprogramme will also provide tools for genetic improvement and disease control.This will provide improved efficiency in production and reduced costs, andidentify markets for the new products. 

Theexpertise in the consortium and lessons learned, could provide in a 5 yearperiod what took the Atlantic salmon industry 20 years of development DIVERSIFYfocuses on meagre (Argyrosomus regius)and greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili)for marine warm-water cage culture, wreckfish (Polyprion americanus) for warm- and cool-water marine cage culture,Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossushippoglossus) for marine cold-water culture, grey mullet (Mugil cephalus) a euryhaline herbivorefor warm-water pond, extensive and integrated culture, and pikeperch (Sanders lucioperca) for freshwaterintensive culture using Recirculation Aquaculture Systems (RAS).

The project is coordinated by the Hellenic Center for Marine Research. 31 research institutions ect. are involved in the project.

The project is funded by EU, Framework Programme 7.



  • Research area: Aquaculture
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