Mediterranean aquaculture integrated development (MedAID) (23373)

Project Details


MedAID (Mediterranean Aquaculture Integrated Development) is a four-year project, funded by the European Union in the frame of Horizon 2020, grant agreement number 727315. The goal of MedAID is to increase the overall competitiveness and sustainability of the Mediterranean marine fish-farming sector, throughout the whole value chain.

Furthermore, MedAID will be active in the social media and in other interactive digital platforms in order to promote the exchange, discussion and information sharing, with external audiences, and in particular with the different types of stakeholders in different countries. These platforms will be used to transfer methodologies and good practices.

WP 4 - main involvement of DTU Aqua
Currently, Mediterranean aquaculture is lacking or has fragmented knowledge on epidemiology, impact of diseases, harmonized and coordinated diagnostics, or strategies and tools for a proper local, regional or even Pan Mediterranean health management. Moreover, there is a consensus that one of the main present threat is viral nervous necrosis (VNN, also known as viral encelophathy and retinopathy, VER) for which a vaccination tool is urgently needed. Thus, WP4 is assisted by a team of researchers and fish health professionals (including the European reference centre for fish diseases and the OIE collaborating centre for epidemiology and risk assessment), which will work together and in close contact with a major representation of the farming sector from the main producing countries of the Mediterranean basin. The WP is aware of the great importance of parasites on fish health and production, but has chosen betanodavirus acknowledging that important parasites are being dealt with in the on-going EU project Parafish. Partners in the MedAID-consortium are also involved in Parafish providing necessary networking and transfer of knowledge between the two initiatives.

i) Improve disease management by risk assessment tools for relevant new and emerging pathogens in the Mediterranean basin.
ii) Improve communication and harmonization on diagnostic procedures and competences.
iii) Provide new preventive tools for the most important disease (VNN) for seabream and seabass.
iv) Establish operational welfare indicator (OWI) profile for seabream and seabass.

MedAID is a consortium of 34 partners from 12 countries, composed by experienced R&D groups, companies and institutions from different backgrounds that will interact to face the sector’s constraints to provide state-of-the-art and applied research results, guidelines for improving zootechnical performance, business plans, and integrated recommendations for governance. The participatory consultation processes, the direct involvement of industrial partners in the project and the wide representations of partners from the whole Mediterranean basin will ensure the representativeness, relevance and utility of the outputs.

The project is coordinated by Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza, Spain. 

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The project is funded by EU Horizon 2020.

Research area: Fish and Shellfish Diseases
Effective start/end date31/10/201731/10/2021


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