Aquaculture researchers cooperate

Europe's leading aquaculture researchers gathered at the second annual AQUAEXCEL meeting Europe's leading aquaculture researchers gathered at the second annual AQUAEXCEL meeting

Europe’s leading aquaculture researchers gathered for the second annual meeting of the Aquaculture Infrastructure for Excellence in European Fish Research (AQUAEXCEL) project last month in a bid to improve the efficiency of aquaculture production.

Launched in March 2011, AQUAEXCEL aims to integrate key aquaculture research infrastructures across Europe by promoting networking activities and joint research activities, which aim to improve the quality and quantity of services provided by aquaculture research infrastructures.

Mark Vandeputte, coordinator of AQUAEXCEL explained: “As consumers become more concerned about where their food comes from, the European aquaculture sector faces complex challenges."

He added: "AQUAEXCEL is actively working to address these challenges to enable scientists and researchers to freely access aquaculture research not available in their own countries.”

At the meeting delegates discussed conducting a comprehensive mapping of aquaculture research infrastructure across Europe; developing and sharing unique methodologies and facilitating transnational access to aquaculture research facilities throughout Europe.

The AQUAEXCEL project is coordinated by France's Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (IRNA) and will run until February 2015.

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