Integrating Innovative Approaches for Competitive and Sustainable Performance across the Mediterranean Aquaculture Value Chain


Upcoming Events

Workshop “Bottlenecks in Diagnostics of Mediterranean Fish Diseases”

Porto, Portugal, 9 September 2019

MedAIDPerformFISH and ParaFishControl are organising the workshop “Bottlenecks in Diagnostics of Mediterranean Fish Diseases” at the 19th International Conference on Diseases of Fish and Shellfish that will take place in Porto from 9 to 12 September 2019. The workshop will be held on the 9th September 2019 from 16:00 to 19:00.

The farming of sea bass and sea bream is an important productive sector in the Mediterranean, significantly contributing to the local economy and job creation in rural and coastal areas. Sea bream and sea bass are by volume the third and fourth most farmed fish species in the European Union (EU). However, in recent years, there is a growing concern regarding the lack of growth and improvement in Mediterranean Marine Fish Farming which covers the majority of sea bass and sea bream production. For the last decade, overall production in the EU has remained stagnant and at present the industry is under a range of pressures, including technical, market-oriented, legislative and financial issues.

MedAID and PerformFISH  H2020 projects aim to increase the overall competitiveness and sustainability of the Mediterranean marine fish-farming sector, throughout the whole value chain. An important aspect of both projects is managing transmissible diseases of farmed fish. On the other hand, ParaFishControl aims to improve understanding of fish-parasite interaction and to develop innovative solutions and tools for the prevention, control and mitigation of farmed fish parasitic diseases. These projects are actively cooperating in all possible aspects and the workshop will cover one of the mutual interests of these three EU H2020 projects: diagnostics.

The workshop is divided into three sessions. The first session is dedicated to present the different diagnostic techniques employed in Mediterranean fish farms for viral, bacterial and parasitic diseases. The second one will be dedicated to working group discussions on the main challenges for the implementation of standardised procedures and the bottlenecks in diagnostics of the mentioned pathogens. The discussion will be moderated by experts of MedAID, PerformFISH and ParaFishControl.The final plenary session will summarise the bottlenecks identified in the previous session and discuss the way forward to overcome them.

The summary of the discussions and conclusions is planned to be published at the EAFP Bulletin.

To attend this workshop, please register for EAFP here:

Click here to download the programme of the Workshop.

Industry Forum “Sustainable Solutions to Address Sea Bass and Sea Bream Farming Challenges in the Mediterranean”

Berlin, Germany, 8 October 2019

Join us for an open discussion on the ‘Sustainable Solutions to Address Sea bass and Sea bream Farming Challenges in the Mediterranean’, an event co-organised by PerformFISH and MedAID H2020 projects. The Industry Forum will be held at  Aquaculture Europe 2019 – OUR FUTURE – GROWING FROM WATER on Tuesday 8th October 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

The Industy Forum will start by providing an overview of the challenges that the Mediterranean aquaculture face in becoming more competitive. The challenges will be presented by industry representatives from various Mediterranean countries. The tangible solutions to these challenges, which are under development by PerformFISH partners, will then be presented. These solutions are meant to be easily implemented in Mediterranean farms.

MedAID will reveal to the participants their latest findings regarding social acceptability and the economics related to production and markets of Mediterranean aquaculture products.

The event will end with an open discussion between presenters and participants on how the proposed solutions can be implemented at farm level, and how they can improve the overall performance of this highly important sector.

Click here to download the programme of the Industry Forum.

Aquaculture Europe 2019

Berlin, Germany, 7-10 October 2019

GROWING from WATER is the theme for this year’s Aquaculture Europe (AE2019) conference in Germany’s capital city. The aquaculture sector nourishes and stimulates life in water in all its forms, and thereby holds the potential to overcome many of the challenges our society faces. The future of healthy and sustainably produced food and commodities lies in the diversity of aquaculture, from single-cell microalgae in bioreactors to fish teeming in sea pens or freshwater ponds. Truly unlocking this potential requires innovative ways to support the aquaculture economy, generation of new business models and support of start-ups. Read more about this event here.

Past Events

PerformFISH project partners have participated in several scientific conferences and events to present the project and its preliminary results.

XXIV Congress of the Italian Society of Fish Pathology (S.I.P.I)

11st – 13rd October 2018, Turin, Italy

This leading event in fish pathology was attended by research teams from PerformFISH partners UNIUD and UNIBO.

UNIUD presented a poster concerning larval histology entitled Past and present histological of gilthead larvae: what has changed in the last 20 years? (title translated from Italian).

UNIBO’s presentation focused on preliminary results on Nodavirosis in sea bream from PerformFISH research, which was runner-up best presentation of the congress.

Poster “Passato e presente istologico di larve di orata: cos’è cambiato negli ultimi 20 anni?” Past and present histological of gilthead larvae: what has changed in the last 20 years?

A joint UNIUD and UNIBO informative poster about PerformFISH was also presented.

UNIUD and UNIBO teams with the PerformFISH Poster

The event was attended by more than 100 representatives of the scientific community and around 20 industry and policy figures.

SeaTech Week

8th -12th October 2018, Brest, France

Katerina Moutou, PerformFISH project coordinator, was invited as a panellist for the Smart Fisheries and Aquaculture Round Table organised in the framework of the five-day event last October. Her presentation and contributions to the round table focused on the role of PerformFISH to achieve a more sustainable aquaculture.

Katerina Moutou presenting PerformFISH at the SeaTechWeek

Workshop: The importance of Social Acceptability for Mediterranean Aquaculture Development: Stocktaking and the way forward

29th August 2018, Montpellier, France

The EU H2020 MedAID project organised this workshop, which aimed to review the current knowledge of social acceptability and awareness of aquaculture products with a special perspective from coastal and local communities. PerformFISH project partner Ekaterina Tribilustova from EUROFISH was invited to present PerformFISH preliminary results regarding consumer attitudes towards aquaculture products.

Ekaterina Tribilustova presenting PerformFISH preliminary results at the Workshop

29th Conference of European Comparative Endocrinologists

18th – 22nd August 2018, Glasgow, UK

Prof. Jaume Pérez-Sánchez was invited to present a State-of-the-Art lecture of GH/IGF axis in fish during the session “Modulation of the Endocrine System: Effects on Metabolism and Growth”. His lecture, “Updates on the Cross Talk Between Growth, Nutrients and Endocrine/Environmental Factors in Marine Farmed Fish”, focused on results obtained through his research in PerformFISH.

CSIC representatives at the conference

18th International Symposium on Fish Nutrition and Feeding

3rd – 7th June 2018, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Researchers of the Nutrigenomics Group participated at the 18th International Symposium on Fish Nutrition and Feeding.PhD student Paula Simó-Mirabet presented her poster titled “Hypomethylated CG islands of sirtuin promoters in gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata)”. This study was conducted in the framework of the PerformFISH project.

Paula Simó-Mirabet with her poster

PerformFISH Annual Meeting

31st May – 1st June 2018, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria hosted the PerformFISH annual meeting, where the partners assessed the project progress and agreed on the next steps for the following year.


14th-15th February 2018, Pordenone, Italy

Aquafarm 2018 is an annual Aquaculture fair of national and international significance, with the participation of companies, industries, exhibitors, associations and institutions at its exhibitions and annexed scientific and promotional seminars. Researchers from the University of Bologna were present in this event where they displayed the PerformFISH poster.

UNIBO Team presenting PerformFISH poster

AquaFarm Trade Fair 2018

PerformFISH Kick-off Meeting

15th – 16th May 2017, Volos, Greece

The kick-off meeting of PerformFISH was held in Volos, Greece on the 15th and 16th of May 2017. All partners were present, and the work plan and activities were discussed.

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