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

New Sampling Plan to Improve Collaboration Between Research and Industry in Mediterranean Aquaculture

After eighteen months working together to improve juvenile quality and growth potential of sea bream and sea bass (Work Package 2), the industry and research representatives have developed a manual for collecting ‘Samples and data from industrial larval populations’.

This document is the culmination of a unique collaborative action between industry and RDI performers across Europe. Together they designed a sampling plan to give RDI performers unique access and insight into their hatchery production. Samples from the hatcheries are being collected from cultures of Gilthead sea bream and European sea bass, plus a large sample biobank is under construction that already has over 900 samples (approximately 10,000 individual larvae), which are linked to zootechnical data. This biobank will be an important legacy of the project and is part of a strategy to place 3R (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement) ethical principals at the core of PerformFISH. The “banked” samples will be shared between partners (meaning that the total number of individual larvae collected can be reduced) and the maximum amount of information possible will be obtained per sample. The outcome of this joint effort between RDI performers and industry will improve the understanding of larval and juvenile quality and the creation of new tools for management, which should contribute to the sustainability of the Mediterranean aquaculture industry.