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


Upcoming Events

ParaFishControl Final Conference “Innovative Strategies to Control Parasites in Aquaculture Farms”

Important notice: The ParaFishControl conference will now be held ONLINE following the unfortunate cancellation of the Brussels event due to Coronavirus safety precautions.

Are you interested in learning more on how to deal with parasites in your aquaculture farm? Do you want to discover new treatments, diagnostic tools and prevention measures to deal with fish parasites?

Join us in our ParaFishControl Final Conference and you will have the opportunity to access to the latest tools and strategies to diagnose, prevent and treat parasitic diseases in farmed fish.

The ParaFishControl Final Conference “Innovative Strategies to Control Parasites in Aquaculture Farms” will be held on-line on the 11th March 2020. Check regularly this page for updated information.

Venue: On-line

Date and time: 11 March 2020, 9:00 am – 17:30 pm CET

Registration: To register, please follow this link:

Agenda: Click here to download the agenda

Registration is free of charge. Registration is open until the 11th March 2020 at 9.00 am CET.

Past Events

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

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 course was attended by twenty-five aquaculture experts from 13 countries, including research, policy and industry representatives. The primary objective of the course was to provide integrated information on fish parasites affecting marine and freshwater farmed fish in the Mediterranean region, focusing on the most recent findings on the main parasitic diseases, diagnostic methods, disease assessments and preventive and control measures.

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

More than 80 aquaculture industry and research representatives participated in the Industry Forum “Sustainable Solutions to Address Sea Bass and Sea Bream farming in the Mediterranean”, jointly organised by the PerformFISH and MedAID projects.

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.

Aquaculture Europe 2019 was held in Berlin, Germany, on the 8th October 2019. To learn more about the event, click here.

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.

The theme of the event was “Our Future: Growing from Water” and this was addressed by three plenary sessions that paved the way for the parallel sessions of oral and poster presentations. The AE2019 programme co-chairs Carsten Schulz (Kiel University, Germany) and Tomáš Policar (University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic) orchestrated the session chairs that had very difficult choices in the selection of abstracts for their sessions, given their huge number.

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 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, marketoriented, 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 covered one of the mutual interests of these three EU H2020 projects: diagnostics.

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 will be published at the EAFP Bulletin.

Click here to download the programme of the Workshop.

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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