Spain: The Aquaculture Research Group (GIA) of EcoAqua University Institute of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) will lead during the next two years the Seriola National Aquaculture Plan, which aims at contributing to the diversification of aquaculture at industrial level in different Spanish regions.
The project is funded through the Research Grants of the National Aquaculture Plans 2016, granted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), and has an approved budget of almost EUR 800,000.
For the development of this project, the ULPGC will have the participation of IFAPA and the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC). These entities will be supported by the direct participation of Niordseas S.L. (Grupo Andromeda), Socat S.L. (Geremar Group), Insuiña S.L. (Grupo Nueva Pescanova) and Skretting España S.A. companies to carry out the validation tests.
The objective of the Seriola project is the cooperation for the development of the cultivation of a new commercial species in Spain, greater amberjack - also known as seriola or medregal - by improving the larval process, as well as optimizing its fattening by attending all the productive aspects, including those related to the market, that allow to promote the development of a sustainable aquaculture.
As explained by the USC, so far, the production of greater amberjack has faced the main limitations that are common to a large number of species proposed to diversify marine aquaculture.
The project starts with certain advances made in terms of captivity, diet and more adequate food to improve production, but diseases continue to be a source of uncertainties.
Therefore, researchers will seek to know the pre-existing or emerging pathologies that may pose a risk to captive greater amberjack, and develop protocols that minimize their effect and boost production.
The idea behind this project is to accelerate the creation of productive improvements and carry out an important process validation effort, together with companies in the productive sector.