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


Upcoming Events

PerformFISH Training Programme on Integrated Health and Welfare Management in Sea Bream and Sea Bass Aquaculture – Online, March and April 2021

Module 1: Specialised Case Study Discussions on How to Manage a Health Issue on a Sea Bass/Sea Bream Farm – Online, 25th March, 15th April and 29th April 2021

Three short sessions (90 minutes) have been designed for sea bass and sea bream health and welfare experts. In these sessions, the experts attending will be provided with a mock case designed by the organising team based on real situations in sea bream and sea bass health and disease management. The mock cases will be sent to the selected attendees two days in advance. Attendees will be requested to send in advance, and present in the session, their own proposed recommendations or proposed solutions for each case. During the 90 minutes sessions, all proposals will be shared and discussed.

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Module 2: Practical Short Training Courses on Diagnostics of Sea Bass and Sea Bream Diseases – Online, 7th, 20th and 28th April 2021

This module is divided into three short training courses that will be held online. The courses will focus on different aspects of diagnostics in sea bass and sea bream diseases and health management such as basic diagnostic methodologies and protocols, specific parasitological diagnostic and specific diagnostic methodologies, and protocols in microbiology. Advances, methods, and standards derived from the different PerformFISH activities will also be presented in these sessions.

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AQUACULTURE EUROPE 2020 – Online, 12-15 April 2021

The postponed Aquaculture Europe 2020 conference will now take place online.

The basic format of the event will stay the same as ‘normal’ Aquaculture Europe meetings, with morning plenary sessions and then breakout parallel sessions for oral and e-poster presentations. The parallel sessions will be made up of shorter slots for pre-recorded video presentations of the oral presentations and with time allocated to review e-posters and for Q&A.

AE2020 ONLINE will also feature an e-Market, where vendors and media partners will have a dedicated place online to present their products, link to their website and have a chat-box to interact with attendees and setup meetings. Two categories of e-Market participation are proposed. The first is “VENDOR” with extensive benefits. The second is “HEADLINE VENDOR” with more enhanced opportunities. Details of these are provided on the AE2020 website.

All presentations (oral videos and e-posters) and the e-Market will be available for a 30-day period after the event for attendees to see online. This ensures that attendees will not miss a presentation that they would have otherwise missed with a busy programme in a physical event. During that period, contact with the presenter will also be facilitated, complementing the live Q&A during the conference days.

PerformFISH will actively participate in this conference where our partners will present an update on the project results.

European Maritime Day 2021 – Den Helder, The Netherlands, 20 – 21 May 2021

The European Maritime Day (EMD) Conference is the annual two-day event during which Europe’s maritime community meet to network, discuss and forge joint action on maritime affairs and sustainable blue economy.

EMD Conference is the place where ‘Ocean Leaders Meet’. It provides an interactive experience to catch up on the current state of play on a broad range of issues concerning the blue economy and the marine environment and discuss ways of moving forward. It features a large number of excellent speakers, multiple breakout sessions and project pitch sessions organised by stakeholders and European Commission services as well as hundreds of B2B meetings. EMD targets professionals from businesses, governments, public institutions, NGOs and academia.

European Maritime Day 2021 will take place on 20-21 May in Den Helder in The Netherlands. It will be co-organised with the City of Den Helder, the Province of Noord-Holland and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.

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Past Events

Fish Welfare Online Course – Online, 1-4 February 2021

The welfare of fish is growing to be an essential topic in present day aquaculture, fisheries, and academia. The promotion of best practices towards good welfare must rely on a) solid scientific knowledge of the biology of fish and b) appropriate design and use of technical solutions. CCMAR organised the second edition of theFish Welfare Course, where once again top international experts in their fields lectured each module. This second edition of the course was held online, and the intensive 4-day training programme covered:

  • Sentience, pain, and mental aspects of fish welfare
  • Physiology of stress and sensory systems in fish
  • Applied biology and fish welfare
  • Operational welfare indicators and improvement tools
  • Policy, law, and welfare certification

During this training, PerformFISH partners presented some preliminary project results in seabass and seabream welfare.

PerformFISH Annual Meeting – Online, 22-26 June 2020

PerformFISH partners organised the 3rd Annual Meeting of the project on-line from 22-26 June 2020. This meeting focused on reviewing the work carried out during the third year of the project and the next steps for the fourth year.

ParaFishControl Final Conference “Innovative Strategies to Control Parasites in Aquaculture Farms” – Online, 11 March 2020

ParaFishControl held its final event via an online webinar on 11 March 2020. The event, which focused on innovative strategies to control parasites in aquaculture farms, was moved online for safety reasons amidst the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

Five sessions showcased solutions developed by ParaFishControl partners over the project’s five-year duration. These covered topics including: current strategies used to fight parasitic diseases in farmed fish, processes needed to approve new treatments and vaccines in Europe, EU funded research and the new instruments that will be available in future, strategies to help fish farmers to control parasitic diseases in their farms and the new tools and strategies developed within the project to prevent, diagnose and treat parasitic diseases at farm level.

All presentations are now available to watch in full here.

AQUAFARM 2020 – Pordenone, Italy, 19-20 February 2020

AQUAFARM 2020 was held on 19 and 20 February 2020 at the Exhibition Centre of Pordenone, Italy. This international two-day event was dedicated to and reserved for operators of the Euro-Mediterranean sustainable aquaculture industry, one of the food production activities with the highest growth rate worldwide, which supplies 46% of the total amount of fish consumed and is exceeding deep sea fishing as a source of supply.

PerformFISH partners actively participated in this event by providing an overview of the project and its preliminary results in some of the workshops organised within the framework of this event.

Advanced Training “Diagnostics and Prevention for Fish Parasite Control in Aquaculture” – Zaragoza, Spain, 21-25 October 2019

The Advanced Training Course “Diagnostics and Prevention for Fish Parasite Control in Aquaculture” was held in Zaragoza, Spain, from 21 to 25 October 2019. The event was organised by the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM), through the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ), and the ParaFishControl project, with the collaboration of PerformFISH, MedAID, and the University of Zaragoza.

The ParaFishControl, PerformFISH and MedAID projects provided attendants with the their latest techniques to diagnose and prevent parasitic diseases in Mediterranean aquaculture farms, and also shared their insights on newly tested alternative treatments and their efficacy. The practical design of the course will allow the attendants to implement what they have learnt on their day-to-day work.

The MedAID project has now developed two on-line modules based on this training course. The first one is provided by Dr Francesc Padrós from the University of Barcelona and Dr Carlos Zarza from Skretting ARC. This module focuses on parasitic diseases prevention, remediation and mitigation. The second module is provided by Dr Georgios Rigos from the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research and it focuses on the management of parasitic diseases. Both modules are available here:

Industry Forum “Sustainable Solutions to Address Sea Bass and Sea Bream Farming Challenges in the Mediterranean” – Berlin, Germany, 8 October 2019

The aim of the forum was to communicate the main results obtained within both projects to aquaculture experts. The event was held at the Aquaculture Europe conference in Berlin, one of the key events in the calendar for the industry.

PerformFISH partners presented tangible solutions to solve the specific challenges in selective breeding for disease resistance, health and welfare, feeding management, and key indicators to measure performance in Mediterranean farms. MedAID then provided an overview on their latest findings regarding social acceptability and the economics related to production and markets of Mediterranean aquaculture products.

The event ended with an open discussion with the participants to determine how these solutions can be implemented at farm level and the next steps to be carried by the projects in the coming years.

To download the agenda and the presentations given at the Industry Forum, click here.

Aquaculture Europe 2019 – Berlin, Germany, 7-10 October 2019

AE2019 attracted a total participation of just over 2700 from an impressive 85 countries. Of the full conference delegates (more than 1400), 328 were students. The trade show presented products and services from 150 exhibitors. The abstract submission for AE2019 broke all EAS records, with 1039 abstracts received, resulting in 798 oral presentations (all sessions, including workshops and fora) and 443 poster presentations.
PerformFISH had a dedicated booth in the exhibition area were the project partners distributed the factsheets developed within the project and provided information on the preliminary results to all interested participants. The project video was also showcased in this stand.

Workshop “Bottlenecks in Diagnostics of Mediterranean Fish Diseases” – Porto, Portugal, 9 September 2019

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

The workshop was divided into three sessions. The first session was dedicated to present the different diagnostic techniques employed in Mediterranean fish farms for viral, bacterial and parasitic diseases. The second one was 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 was moderated by experts of MedAID, PerformFISH and ParaFishControl. The final plenary session summarised the bottlenecks identified in the previous session and discuss the way forward to overcome them.

The summary of the discussions and conclusions have been published at the EAFP Bulletin (click here to view full text).Click here to download the programme of the Workshop.

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