European aquaculture is a knowledge intensive sector facing challenges in many areas among which sustainable feed production, animal health and welfare, integration with environment, technology and systems, biological lifecycle, product quality and human safety.
Integrating research infrastructures
This knowledge is being developed in many places in Europe, but was fragmented. The Wageningen University & Research Aquaculture & Fisheries group plays a prominent role in the large EU-funded project AQUAEXCEL (Aquaculture infrastructures for excellence in European fish research). Within this project, major steps have been taken to integrate, on a European scale, key aquaculture research infrastructures.
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Best practices for the industry
The AQUAEXCEL consortium developed, analysed and disseminated best practices on a variety of pertinent issues for the aquaculture industry, for example guidelines for sanitary issues linked to fish transport between infrastructures, for measuring and accurately defining traits and phenotypes, and for developing traits and environmental conditions ontologies.