Finfish aquaculture production in the EU is dominated both in volume and value by a handful of species that in turn limit the number of aquaculture products available in the market. Combined with low price imports of aquaculture products, innovations in the EU aquaculture has slowed or even decreased. To improve the position of aquaculture in the EU market and the development of new market segments, this project develops potentially interesting new species and products of these species.
An efficient, sustainable and market oriented expansion of the EU aquaculture sector based on new species and products will reduce the dependence of the EU consumer on imports (from countries of questionable, often, production, health, environmental and social standards), reduce the pressure on over-exploited fisheries in the EU and explore new segments and tailor-made products for the EU-market. The main goal is to support the diversification in species and products of the aquaculture industry and helping in market-oriented expansion of production. Next to that the technical part of the project gives insights in new rearing methods, that can be interesting for the Dutch supply industry, for development of systems and equipment for aquaculture.