New technologies Tools and Strategies for a Sustainable, Resilient and Innovative European Aquaculture

Project Implementation Period: 
January 2020 - December 2023
Specific Funding Programme: 

European Union Horizon 2020 Programme under grant agreement No 862658


Overall budget: €6,723,843.50
EU contribution: €5,990,172.67

About the Project: 

In Europe, aquaculture accounts for about 20% of fish production and directly employs some 85 000 people. EU aquaculture is renowned for its high quality, sustainability and consumer protection standards. Increasing the sector’s production and competitiveness is a priority.

The main goal of the NewTechAqua project is to expand and diversify European aquaculture production of finfish, molluscs and microalgae by developing and validating technologically-advanced, resilient and sustainable applications. 


Researchers and partners from the NewTechAqua will test and develop new solutions to:

  • Deliver solutions to improve fish and mollusc health and disease resistance: prediction models for specific diseases, kits for disease’ detection, new breeding programmes and new diets.
  • Improve performance and quality of farmed fish and microalgae by developing innovative breeding programmes.
  • Make the aquaculture sector more sustainable and circular through different rearing systems (RAS, biofloc technology, aquaponics) new diets using fish by-products, fish processing wastewaters and microalgae and low-fishmeal organic diets.
  • Increase the efficiency of aquaculture production systems via real-time management systems, satellite systems, and recommendations.
  • Support diversification of fish species by studying the reproductive cycle of emerging fish species (greater amberjack, meagre and Senegal sole) to re-create the best conditions for raising these new species in aquaculture production systems.
  • Develop new eco-friendly fish and molluscs products with high nutritional value.
  • Raise awareness and train professionals from the aquaculture sector by creating training programmes and conducting studies on consumers’ preferences.

Project partners

  • Alma Mater Studiorum - Universita Di Bologna – Lead partner (IT);
  • Universita Ca' Foscari Venezia (IT);
  • Institut De Recerca I Tecnologia Agroalimentaries (ES);
  • Hellenic Centre For Marine Research (EL);
  • Universita Degli Studi Di Bari Aldo Moro (IT);
  • Nofima AS (NO);
  • A.I.A. Agricola Italiana Alimentare S.P.A. (IT);
  • Aquicultura Balear SA (ES);
  • Cromaris Dionicko Drustvo Za Marikulturu (HR);
  • Mowi Genetics AS (NO);
  • Irida AE-Products for Animal Production-Services (EL);
  • Rara Avis Biotec SL (ES);
  • Aquanetix Limited (UK);
  • Fédération Européenne des Producteurs Aquacoles Association (FR);
  • Centre International de Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Méditerranéennes (FR);
  • Il Vigneto Societa Agricola A Responsabilita Limitata (IT);
  • Greenovate! Europe (BE);
  • Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (FR);
  • Syndicat Des Sélectionneurs Avicoles et Aquacoles Français (FR);
  • Ichthyokalliergeies Argosaronikou Anonymi Etairia (EL);
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment of Cyprus (CY);
  • Universidad De Las Palmas De Gran Canaria (ES);
  • The Seafood Innovation Cluster AS (NO);
  • Galaxidi Marine Farm AE (EL);
  • Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (IT);
  • Casali Roberto (IT).