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The key objective of the COFASP ERA-NET was to strengthen cooperation and synergies between European research programme owners and managers, focusing on the benefits and needs for the Fisheries, Aquaculture and Seafood Processing sectors.

28 institutions from 17 countries have participated in the four years collaboration. The ERA-NET network was built around common activities that could lead to a common research agenda, and concrete results such as joint calls.

In WP1 and WP2 COFASP aimed to analyse potential common programme contents and joint calls and produce a final paper on common strategy to address the future research needs and possibilities of research cooperation in fisheries, aquaculture and seafood processing. This work included a foresight exercise, a mapping of nationally funded projects and mapping of research infrastructure in all three sectors.
In WP4 COFASP investigated needs in training and mobility as well as carrying out four focused thematic studies - case studies - to highlight specific needs and discuss best approach to tackle these.

In WP3 the partners implemented three transnational calls leading to the funding of 16 research and innovation projects.

The results of all activities have been described in reports from each activity. In this document we wish to collate main findings across the activities and emphasise on key results. A major result is the Strategic Research Agenda that COFASP finalized towards the end that can give guidance or serve as a starting point for follow-up activities - either among COFASP partners themselves, to other actors in the research and innovation fields of fisheries, aquaculture and seafood processing or the European Commission.

A four year project can have some immediate results of impacting other activities but most likely the impact will show later, and thus can only be our best bet for expected impact.

The objective of the FP7 ERA-NET scheme was to provide support to coordinate national/regional activities by developing joint calls for trans-national proposals. This has certainly been achieved in the COFASP ERA-NET through the three joint calls and many side activities for putting focus on the research needs in the Fisheries, Aquaculture and Seafood processing sectors. There are specific outputs that have been taken up, and there are the wider impacts from the stakeholder involvement in the activities that has provided a forum for networking across groups - both within the COFASP partnership and with and within the external stakeholders.

In particular from the Final Conference it became obvious, that impact has been achieved, and more can be expected - both in knowledge increase and sharing at research level; in coordination and alignment of funding efforts; policy development and for developing the industries - thus the society at large.

National Institute of Aquatic Resources, DTU Aqua
Styrelsen for Forskning og Innovation, Denmark (coordinator)
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, Denmark
The Royal Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, Norway
AZTI Fundazioa Tecnalia, Spain
Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung, Germany
Bundesministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz, Germany
Stichting DienstLandbouwkundig Onderzoek, Netherlands
The Icelandic Centre for Research, Iceland
Institut Francais de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer,France
Unitatea Executiva Pentru Finantarea Invatamantului Superior, a Cercetarii, Dezvoltarii si Inovarii,  Romania
Norges Forskningsråd, Norway
Agence Nationale de la Recherche, France
The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK
Marine Scotland Scottish Ministers, UK 
Instituto Espanol de Oceanografia, Spain
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Greece
Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia, Portugal
Marine Institute, Ireland
Luonnonvarakeskus, Finland
Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Danish Agrifish Agency, Denmark
Eigen Vermogenvan het Instituut voor Landbouw en Visserijonderzoek, Belgium
Matis Ohf, Iceland
Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale, Italy
Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, Turkey
Innnovation Fund Denmark, Denmark
Maaeluministeerium, Estonia

The project is funded by the EU FP7 Programme. 
Effective start/end date01/02/201331/10/2017


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