Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA)

Organisation Description

ISPRA is a governmental research Institute under the supervision of the Ministry of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea (MATTM). The Aquaculture Unit carries out institutional activities for the sustainable development of aquaculture in support of MATTM and the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies (MiPAAF). Main research activities are focused on aquaculture and environment interactions, fish health and welfare, sustainable use of marine renewable resources and ecological certification of aquaculture production.

Role in PerformFISH

ISPRA participates in the Management Committee and in the Industry Strategic Advisory Board (ISAB) as scientific experts for API, providing advice on sustainable and responsible practices and knowledge transfer to the industry. ISPRA leads the WP7 on Key Performance Indicators  and the Code of Conduct; participates in WP3, leading the task 3.5 to develop operational animal welfare indicators for sea bass and sea bream aquaculture.

Key Staff

Giovanna Marino

Research Director of the Aquaculture Unit with 35 years experience in sustainable aquaculture, fish biology and animal welfare with focus on Mediterranean finfish. National Focal Point for National Aquaculture Plan (2014-2020) and for FAO GFCM (Committee on Aquaculture and Aquaculture Task Force).

Donatella Crosetti

Senior researcher, biologist with 35 years experience in Mediterranean aquaculture with particular reference to induced spawning, coastal lagoons, genetics, aquaculture and environment interactions. She has participated to 38 research projects, 11 of them as coordinator. She collaborated with the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department.

Maria Grazia Finoia

Senior researcher, statistician with 25 years experience in applied bio-statistics and expertise on data processing (univariate, multivariate techniques and statistical models) in relation to environmental impacts of aquaculture, effects of environmental and husbandry practices on growth, fish physiology and reproduction, scoring of fish welfare.

Patrizia Di Marco

Senior researcher, coordinator of the Fish Physiology Lab., biologist with over 20 years experience in aquaculture and expertise on fish biology and physiology. Her current research activities are focused on stress physiology and welfare in sea bass and sea bream, quality and certification in aquaculture.

Tommaso Petochi

Researcher, veterinarian with a PhD in Biochemical and Biological Evolution and a specialization in Breeding, Hygiene, Diseases of Aquatic Species and Control of Seafood Products. He has over 10 years experience in aquaculture and expertise on fish health and welfare assessment, aquaculture and environment interactions and seafood safety.

Valeria Donadelli

Researcher, biologist with over 10 years experience in marine aquaculture, on induced breeding of various fish species, larval rearing and fish behaviour, fish tagging and restocking. Experience in organizing training courses and dissemination.

Andrea Fabbri.

Administrative officer