European and Mediterranean Aquaculture data collection and reporting under the STECF

Fisheries and aquaculture are managed under the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)
Managing the exploitation of fish and shellfish stocks in European marine waters falls under the European Union (EU)’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), which was formally established in 1983 (Council of the European Communities, 1983), and has since undergone reforms in 1992, 2002, and 2013 (EU, 2013). The scope of the CFP extends to joint conservation, management and exploitation of living aquatic resources by EU member states, with the objective of biological, economic and social sustainability.

The CFP requires considering scientific advice (based on Dörner et al., 2018)
The Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE – ( is the European Commission’s department responsible for implementation of the CFP. The CFP explicitly requires the European Commission to take ‘into account available scientific, technical and economic advice’ (EU, 2013) when drafting legislative proposals for the European Parliament and Council. Accordingly, European Commission proposals relating to fisheries management must be based on scientific advice. Hence implementation of the CFP requires both the assistance of specialised experts and the availability of high-quality data and analyses. The European Commission’s own expert scientific independent advisory body on fisheries and aquaculture is the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF – The STECF is being consulted at regular intervals on matters pertaining to the conservation and management of living aquatic resources, including biological, economic, environmental, social and technical considerations (European Commission, 2016). The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) also has a role in the scientific advisory process by providing advice directly to DG MARE, through participation in the STECF and its Expert Working Groups (EWGs).Continue reading

Health forum discussion on Tenacibaculum

Dates: 11-22 February 2019
Forum coordinator: Dr. Snježana Zrnčić, HVI. Zagreb, Croatia.
Discussion moderators:
Dr. Alain le Breton, VETEAU, France
Dr. Jean-François Bernardet, INRA, Centre de Recherches Virologie et Immunologie Moleculaire, France

After a pause, with proposed discussion on tenacibaculosis, the MedAID Health Forum will again put efforts to gather field diagnosticians, laboratories, relevant authorities in charge of disease management in the Mediterranean mariculture and other stakeholders.

Tenacibaculum infection (previously known as flexibacteriosis) represents one of the first bacterial conditions being reported in marine aquaculture in a large range of species including flat fish like sole (Solea solea) and turbot (Schopthalmus maximus); and finfish, namely sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) and sea bream (Sparus aurata). The disease is associated to the infection with bacteria from the genus Tenacibaculum spp. In some marine areas or in recirculation systems, the infection severely threatens production with mortalities rising over 30%.Continue reading

Tenacibaculosis in marine fish

Tenacibaculum infection (previously named flexibacteriosis) represents one of the first bacterial conditions being reported in marine aquaculture in a large range of species including flat fish such as sole and turbot; and finfish, namely sea bass and sea bream (McVicar and White, 1979;Masumura& Wakabayashi, 1977;Bernardet, 1989;Toranzo et al., 2005). More recently, at the 2018 Annual Workshop of the National Reference Laboratories for Fish Diseases (Anonymous, 2018) or from the Assessment of the disease situation made by MedAID (Cidad et at., 2018) tenacibaculosis was considered, together with vibriosis, one of the most important disease for European seabass. In some marine areas or in recirculation systems, they severely threaten production with mortalities rising over 30%.Continue reading

1st MedAID Regional Workshop: Holistic sustainability assessment of Mediterranean aquaculture

MedAID organizes the 1st MedAID Regional Workshop on Holistic Sustainability Assessment of Mediterranean Aquaculture. The workshop will be held at the IRTA Centre Sant Carles de la Ràpita on 24 January.

The objectives of this MedAID regional workshop are i) to present the analysis of the survey conducted to assess the sustainability of the Mediterranean marine fish farming sector (Deliverable D1.2 – Assessment of Mediterranean Aquaculture Sustainability); and ii) to discuss the results obtained with representatives of the surveyed companies, other aquaculture producers and other key players of the sector in order to obtain their inputs and gain a broader vision from the whole value chain of Mediterranean aquaculture.

The workshop will have 70 participants from 14 countries that are involved in the whole value chain – company managers, associations, researchers, aquaculture farm workers, etc.

All updated information on the workshop is available on the MedAID web page and twitter account.

Deliverable D1.2 – Assessment of Mediterranean Aquaculture Sustainability

Aquaculture is a source of food, critical and essential to feed humanity and to ensure the world’s food security, and, also is a business that generates economic interest. This is clearly specified in the FAO’s 2016 State of Fisheries and Aquaculture report, which states that “aquaculture will become the main driver of change in the fisheries and aquaculture sector“. Aquaculture is the main productive industrial activity that will play a crucial role in providing solutions to the millennium challenges. Overall, this is the main idea that exists under the MedAID EU Horizon 2020 project.

Production and productivity of Mediterranean marine fish aquaculture, mainly seabass and seabream, are stagnating or growing slowly as a result of multiple and interrelated causes. To accomplish the objective of improving its competitiveness and sustainability, MedAID is structured in a series of interdisciplinary Work-packages (WPs) to assess technical, environmental, market, socioeconomic and governance weaknesses.Continue reading

MedAID stakeholders workshop about social acceptability and governance of aquaculture development

Following preliminary stakeholder interviews (May and June 2018) and a first workshop on July 2018 devoted to the diagnostic of aquaculture development in the Bay of Monastir, the MedAID project organized a final stakeholders workshop on November 28. Part of the social acceptability and governance work implemented in the frame of MedAID, the workshop was organized and took place at INSTM building in Monastir, thanks to the support of Dr Naceur Dhraief. 28 participants from aquaculture, fisheries, tourism, NGOs, harbour or research sectors attended the workshop where the social acceptability of aquaculture in the Bay of Monastir was addressed through a set of scenarios. Scenarios were built according to the preliminary interviews and diagnostic. Through a multicriteria approach, participants were invited by Ifremer (Loeiza Lancelot), LISODE (Jean-Emmanuel Rougier) and UBO (Pascal Raux) to position themselves and collectively on social acceptability criteria. Debates were fruitful and animated, leading to an important material to assess the social acceptability of aquaculture development in the Bay of Monastir. Results of the analysis will be delivered to stakeholders in a report by the end of 2018.Continue reading

Croatian aquaculture conference 2018

On 29th and 30th November the 13th International aquaculture conference entitled “Co-operation of Production and Science – A Foundation for Successful, Sustainable Development of Aquaculture” was held in Vukovar, Croatia.

The meeting gathered most of the Croatian scientists (100) dealing with different aspect of aquaculture (molluscs, freshwater and marine fish and tuna), representative of the governmental bodies, nature protection institutions and representatives of the farming sector. There were more than 30 scientific presentation and among them the MedAid project was presented and the participation of Croatian partners and stakeholders highlighted.


MedAID presented his work on Social Acceptability at the Aquaculture Technical Seminar of the Open Method Coordination for Aquaculture

MedAID presented his work on Social Acceptability at the Aquaculture Technical Seminar of the Open Method Coordination for Aquaculture, Brussels, 27 November 2018.

The Aquaculture Technical Seminar is part of the  European Commission Open Method Coordination for Aquaculture. Within this framework, DG MARE coordinates the exchange of good practices between Member States by organizing twice a year a workshop at technical level, attended by experts from Member States administrations (see Almost all Member States are represented by around two experts per Member State, since aquaculture usually falls within the remit of several Administrations/Ministries.

This second edition of the Aquaculture Technical Seminar (2018) has discussed various topics. One of them being Social Acceptability, on which MedAID is working in its Work Package 7 on “Social acceptability and governance of aquaculture development in the Mediterranean”. WP7 Leader, Dr. José Pérez from Ifremer, presented the objectives of this WP and the results collected so far. The presentation was followed by a round table discussion addressing some additional issues about good practices to enhance social acceptability of aquaculture at national level.  As un example, aquaculture in Finland is contested and the Administration has opened a dialogue process with stakeholders to discuss aquaculture sustainability. In Italy big efforts have been made to improve the perception of aquaculture products through communication campaigns.

Delegations from the Ministries of European Member States attended this Technical Seminar on Aquaculture. In total, about fourty people attended this meeting.

MedAID presented at Spanish Aquaculture Day 2018

Aquaculture Day 2018 was celebrated on 26 November at the Institut d’Estudis Catalans with 35 participants from aquaculture companies (14),  academia (11), fisheries and aquaculture authorities (2) as well as 4 cluster and  professional network managers and MSc & Ph D Students.

The workshop began with the presentation of aquaculture and research projects in Catalonia: “Development of methods for stimulating sperm production in farmed Senegalese sole” (Dr. François Chauvigne), the European projects “Vivaldi”, “MedAID” (Dr. Dolors Furones) and “PerformFish” (Dr. Francesc Padrós) as well as “Development of seafood productions through co-creation projects ” (Dr.Luís Guerrero). The presentations were followed by a roundtable discussion addressing keys to understanding the future of research in aquaculture.

Afterwards, the relationship between aquaculture and industry was dicussed in the round table “Experiences of innovative businesses of the Acuiplus Cluster” followed by some general conclusions.

Deliverable D5.2 – Report on market segmentation: Identification of market niches for different consumer profiles of fish products

Author/s: Violeta Stancu (Aarhus), Karen Brunsø (Aarhus), Irene Peral (AZTI), Elena Santa Cruz (AZTI), Begoña Alfaro (AZTI), Athanasios Krystallis (HCMR) and Luis Guerrero (IRTA)

The Mediterranean aquaculture industry is supplying steadily high volumes of fish. The development of new fish products for new customer segments can contribute to the expansion of the market and the long-term competitiveness of Mediterranean aquaculture.

The aim of the study reported in this deliverable (Deliverable 5.2) is to identify market segments, evaluate their potential for new fish product adoption and profile the key segments. In order to identify and profile consumer segments that are promising for new aquaculture fish products, data was collected in three European countries, Spain, Germany and France. Across the three countries, 1500 consumers answered a questionnaire and provided information regarding their food-related lifestyle, the frequency of buying and consuming fish, several psychological characteristics related to fish or aquaculture fish as well as socio-demographic characteristics.Continue reading