Code of Conduct
The PerformFISH project recognises that sustainable aquaculture should be an all-encompassing term. Therefore PerformFISH is dedicated not only to the advancement of Mediterranean marine fish farming (MMFF) technologies and processes, but also to ensuring that the sector progresses in a way that is beneficial for local communities, the environment, producers and consumers.
This Code of Conduct has been developed by PerformFISH partners in collaboration with relevant stakeholders. It acknowledges the elevated nutritional, economic, social, environmental, and cultural importance of MMFF. It embraces and promotes the interests of all those concerned with this industry and provides a common quality framework to strengthen MMFF.
The full Code of Conduct can be accessed by clicking on the image below.
Tools for Farmers
The PerformFISH KPI system and analytical tool can help Mediterranean fish (sea bass & sea bream) farmers implement management solutions to improve the technical, environmental and economic performance of their farms while also improving fish welfare. As the system is increasingly used by farms in the sector, this will lead to the formulation of corrective actions and best practices to improve efficiency, competitiveness, sustainability and transparency of the entire Mediterranean Marine Fish Farming sector, in line with current and emerging EU and regional policies.
Thanks to the EU Aquaculture Strategic unique collaboration between scientists and the aquaculture industry in sharing data, information and knowledge, the performance of the MMFF sector have been assessed for the first time using common metrics and KPI. Moreover, the SAS Visual Analytics tool is available for all sea bass and sea bream companies in GFCM countries, for TLP s of PerformFISH and other not yet accessed to v1, as in EU non-EU Mediterranean producers which have case of Turkey, Cyprus, Malta, all north African countries.
Details on the capabilities of this tool are available in Deliverable 7.5 (click on the report below). If you would like to register for the tool and explore how it might help you and your farm, please contact the Sustainability Theme Leader, Giovanna Marino, ISPRA.
Within the framework of PerformFISH, our partners from Sparos Lda. have developed FeedEST, a new tool that allows seabass and seabream farmers to estimate the feeding rates that allow reaching the maximum fish growth potential, while ensuring minimal feed waste.
FeedEST is a computational tool that allows the user to choose between three predefined commercial feeds and to upload a farm-specific temperature profile.
The FeedEST tool is free to be used by the industry and is available here: www.webtools.sparos.pt/feedest
The tool is ready to use but we would appreciate your feedback for further improvement. Please complete this survey to provide your feeback: https://bit.ly/2YFbuhc
Disclaimer: The results provided by FEEDEST simulations are only indicative and simply constitute a complement to assist in feeding planning and management decisions. Additional information, including data from fish experiments/trials and laboratory analytics, may be needed to validate these results before major decisions are taken. The PerformFISH Consortium and SPAROS Lda will not have liability for any direct or indirect consequential, punitive or other similar damages, including lost profits, lost sales or business interruption or any other loss incurred by FEEDEST users, their customers and suppliers.
Interesting News for the Mediterranean Aquaculture Industry
Javier Ojeda is the General secretary of the Spanish Aquaculture Association (APROMAR) and partner in the PerformFISH project. Javier is also Secretary of the Spanish Technology Platform for Fisheries and Aquaculture.
From these positions he promotes the sustainable development of Spanish aquaculture. Javier is a Biologist with an MSc in Oceanography and has been involved in aquaculture for 28 years.
Read the interview here.
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.
For more information about the event and to download the presentations, click here.
PerformFISH e-Atlas manual for sampling, molecular biology procedures and gene primer collection, skeletal morphology and histopathology
The present version of the e-Atlas integrates the sampling manual, molecular biology procedures and gene primer collection (an extensive resource of primers optimised for gilthead sea bream and European sea bass, CCMAR and UTH), skeletal morphology section with methods and illustrations of normal and abnormal skeletal development (University of Crete), and also a histopathology section providing a tissue specific description of normal and modified tissue morphology (University of Udine). It is hoped this e-Atlas will become a resource that can be used by all hatcheries of the aquaculture sector involved in production of sea bream and sea bass juveniles. The e-Atlas is part of the PerformFISH legacy and will be a resource that remains alive for several years after completion of the project.