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


Upcoming Events

Webinar: A revised Code of Conduct for the Mediterranean fish farming sector & new understandings of markets for sea bass and sea bream

On October 6th 2022, from 10:00-13:00 PerformFISH will be running an interactive webinar to discuss its revised Code of Conduct (CoC) for the Mediterranean marine fish farming sector, which aims to provide guidance on how the sector can better achieve compliance with new European guidelines and consumer demands. Hosted by members of the Federation of Greek Mariculture (FGM), this webinar will also include speakers from Avramar and EuroFish and will explore how the CoC addresses Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) identified by the PerformFISH project and will include an opportunity for an exchange of views among the attendees. The webinar will also cover perceptions of the sea bass and sea bream market in both traditional and emerging markets and examine the key drivers of these perceptions.

Interested attendees can register here.

The full programme is available below:

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Past Events

PerformFISH Online Training Programme on Nutrition and Feeding in Seabream and Seabass Production

As part of its capacity building activity, PerformFISH has designed a training programme on latest understanding of nutrition and feeding in seabream and seabass production. This two-day remote training programme will be held on-line on 21-22 June 2022. The course will be based on a multidisciplinary integrated approach that will translate the outcomes of the PerformFISH project into actionable opportunities for the fin-fish aquaculture industry.

This training will be accessible to anyone with an interest or role in the sector, including fish farmers, students/researchers interested in aquaculture nutrition, feed formulators and producers, and aquaculture veterinarians.

The training will run from 09:15 – 16:00 CEST (with a break for lunch) on the 21st and 22nd of June, 2022. Full details, including a link for registration can be found here or in the flyer below.

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PerformFISH Online Training Programme on the Practical Application of Modern Genomics in Aquaculture Breeding Programmes

As part of its capacity building activity, PerformFISH ran a training programme on the Practical Application of Modern Genomics in Aquaculture Breeding Programmes. This one-day remote training programme was held on-line on April 8th 2022. The course was based on a multidisciplinary integrated approach that translated the outcomes of the PerformFISH project into actionable opportunities for the fin-fish aquaculture industry.

The training was meant to be accessible to non-genomic experts and to be of high-relevance to any fin-fish aquaculture business currently running or who envisage establishing a breeding programme.

Full details can be found here or in the flyer below.

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PerformFISH/SPAROS FEEDEST and FEEDNETICS workshop for fish farmers and associations

PerformFISH partner SPAROS is running a one-hour free workshop on July 6th at 15:00 CEST (16:00 EEST) to demonstrate to key personnel from fish farming companies how to evaluate the impact of different feeds and feeding strategies on sea bream and sea bass performance using FEEDNETICS, a forecasting tool developed by SPAROS.  During the workshop fish farming companies participating in PerformFISH or belonging to producers associations that participate in PerformFISH will be given the opportunity to register for free access in the context of the project WP6 (task 6.2) to the long-term assessments of feeding scenarios under their specific farming conditions. This offer has limited availability so preference will be given to those in attendance.

During this workshop, the SPAROS team will also conduct a demonstration of the publicly-available FEEDEST web-app developed within PerformFISH to provide feeding tables targeting optimal growth and conversion.

This workshop will be limited to 100 participants, after which the registration will be closed. For more information contact

Interested participants must register before the event. Registration is available through the following link:

MedAID Webinar: Product development, market and consumer assessment. Main results and conclusions from WP5 – Online, 18 June 2021

Our PerformFISH partner from Eurofish, Katia Tribilustova will participate in the MedAID webinar “Product development, market and consumer assessment” on the 18th June. She will present the PerformFISH results on consumer perceptions of seabass and seabream aquaculture products. More info & registration:

Online Advanced Training:  New feeds and feeding technologies in aquaculture – Online, 14-23 June 2021

Securing the nutritional requirements of cultured fish, the technical quality of the feed optimal for the production system as well as defining right feeding strategies are key challenges that both fish farmers and aquafeed producers should face to ensure a sustainable production.

The Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (CIHEAM Zaragoza) and the MedAID H2020 project are jointly organising the Online Advanced Training:  “New feeds and feeding technologies in aquaculture” in collaboration with the H2020 projects PerformFISH and NewTechAqua. This course aims to give an overview of both the existing and upcoming feed ingredients, what factors should affect the choices of feed and how feeding strategies and technologies are improving. The course emphasizes particular aspects of Mediterranean species and production conditions. At the end of the course the participants will be in a position to:

  • Better understand the importance of the use of new ingredients and new formulations.
  • Acknowledge the main challenges in feed production.
  • Better use feeds, feeders and fish feeding monitoring.
  • Recognize the impact of customers’ preferences and the legal framework in feed production.
  • Design feeding trials to better adapt feeds and feeding to the farm conditions and production systems.

The course will be held online, with lectures and practical work delivered in live sessions by highly qualified lecturers from research centres, universities and private companies in different countries. The 8 sessions will be held  from 14 to 18 and 21 to 23 June, from 09:15 to 13:45 (Central European Time). The time slot could be reconsidered according to the countries of origin of participants finally selected.

The course is designed for 30 participants with a university degree, and is intended for professionals of the feed industry and fish farming, as well as for technical advisors and researchers in the field. The number of admissions can be increased to attend lectures only and excludes the practical work sessions. Given the diverse nationalities of the lecturers, knowledge of English, French or Spanish will be valued in the selection of candidates, since they will be the working languages of the course. The Organization will provide simultaneous interpretation of the lectures in these three languages.

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.

Click here for more information on the event:

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 seabass and seabream health and welfare experts. In these sessions the experts attending have been provided with a mock case based on real situations in sea bream and sea bass health and disease management designed by the organising team. The mock cases are sent to the selected attendees two days in advance and they are 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 are shared and discussed. Reports on the sessions held will be available soon.

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 are being held online. The courses 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 are also being presented in these sessions.

Click here to watch the training courses and download the training presentations.

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 has actively participate in this conference where our partners have presented an update on the project results.

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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