From today to the 25th of January, Diversify Project celebrates its ANNUAL COORDINATION MEETING. The first 2 days will be held at the Faculty of Physics, ULL and the 3rd day at the IEO in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The event will be hosted by Drs. Jose Perez and Covadonga Rodriguez (ULL), and Salvador Jerez and Virginia Martin (IEO).
The project is coordinated by our colleague Dinos Mylonas from the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), who takes part in MedAID in Work Package 2 Improving Zootechnical Performance and Work Package 8 Integrated proposals for an innovative and competitive sector.
The Diversify Project explores the biological and socioeconomic potential of new candidate fish species for the expansion of the European aquaculture industry. The fish species to be studied include meagre (Argyrosomus regius) and greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili) for warm-water marine cage culture, wreckfish (Polyprion americanus) for warm- and cool-water marine cage culture, Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus) for marine cold-water culture, grey mullet (Mugil cephalus) a euryhaline herbivore for pond/extensive culture, and pikeperch (Sander lucioperca) for freshwater intensive culture using recirculating systems. Research will be carried out in the scientific disciplines of Reproduction and Genetics, Nutrition, Larval Husbandry, Grow out Husbandry, Fish Health and Socioeconomics (including final product quality).
The project DIVERSIFY is funded under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission (7FP-KBBE-2013). This 5-year-long project (2013-2018) is coordinated by Dr. Constantinos C. Mylonas from the Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture (IMBBC), one of the three institutes of the Hellenic Center for Marine Research (HCMR), and has a total budget of 11.8 million Euros for its 5 year duration.