With the European Green Deal, the Farm-to-Fork Strategy and the Biodiversity Strategy, the EU has set targets of reaching at least 25% of the EU’s agricultural land under organic farming by 2030 and significantly increasing organic aquaculture.
However, organic aquaculture ecosystem will require further knowledge on primary production, markets and innovation. Which are the main drivers and bottlenecks? By helping to achieve the EU targets we need to support the sustainable, productive, climate-resilient, healthy organic aquaculture farming system to provide consumers with affordable, safe, traceable food while minimising pressure on the aquatic ecosystem and restoring and enhancing biodiversity.
The overall objective of FutureEUAqua is to effectively promote the sustainable growth of climate-change resilient, environmentally-friendly organic and conventional aquaculture of major fish species and low trophic level organisms in Europe, to meet future challenges with respect to the growing consumer demand for high quality, nutritious and responsibly produced food.
Elena Mente - Professor Elena Mente has more than 20th years’ experience on research in aquatic animal nutrition and physiology and has co-ordinated and participated in many EU and national research funded projects in the fields of sustainable, organic aquaculture. Currently, she is a WP leader on fish nutrition in organic and conventional aquaculture for the future of the European aquaculture (FutureEUAqua_H2020 project). On-going research is related to nutrigenomic and individualising fish nutrition for maintenance of its optimal metabolism and efficient growth performance in aquaculture. She is a member of the sub-group for technical advice on organic production of the European Commission (EGTOP).
Eva Troianou - Eva Troianou is a biologist. She has received her biology degree from University of Ioannina and did a master in Evolutionary Genetics at the University of Edinburgh. She has also worked in the Population Genetics group in IMR in Bergen, Norway. Recently, she has returned to her homeland, Kefalonia, where she works at the Research and Development department of Kefalonia Fisheries, getting involved with national and European research programs.
Stelios Karapanagiotis - Stelios Karapanagiotis studied biology in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. His thesis, as well as internships in the HCMR in Greece and Nord University in Norway, focus on fish physiology and aquaculture.
Since 2019 he is a member of Galaxidi Marine Farm’s Research and Development department, working on the company’s breeding programme as well as EU and National funded projects.
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