Project partners2016-10-31T18:32:04+00:00

Project partners

The Scottish Association for Marine Science
SAMS (Scottish Association for Marine Science) is an independent multidisciplinary marine research institute based at Oban on the West Coast of Scotland with around 160 staff, about 30 PhD students and around 80 undergraduate students studying for BSc Marine Science delivered wholly on-site for the University of the Highlands and Islands of which SAMS is a founding academic partner. SAMS also teaches an MRes Master’s degree in partnership with the University of St Andrews and a wide variety of CPD courses, but it is primarily a research institute.
AFBIBelfast, UK
The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
AFBI The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB). The Fisheries and Aquatic Ecosystems Branch (FAEB) conducts research and development, monitoring and technology transfer in support of sustainable management of fisheries and aquatic resources, focusing particularly on the needs of Northern Ireland. FAEB conducts science programmes across several core areas including: marine fisheries stock assessment, combining outputs from both fishery-dependent and fishery independent programmes; coastal zone science, including marine resource assessment and modelling of carrying capacity of Northern Ireland’s sea loughs; physical and biological oceanography and marine environmental monitoring, in support of the above and; freshwater fisheries stock assessment and development of systems for the sustainable management of the fishery resource.
AZTI-TecnaliaSukarrieta, Spain
AZTI-Tecnalia  is a private non-profit foundation whose objective is the social development and the improvement of competitiveness in its area of influence by means of technological Research and Innovation. It has three centres in the Basque Country (N. Spain), two devoted to marine research and one to food research. The ultimate purpose of the Marine Research Division is to contribute equitably to the establishment of technical and scientific basis for the sustainable management of fisheries and to the knowledge and study of the marine environment towards sustainable development. The main areas of research/services in the Marine Research Division are Coastal Management, Operational Oceanography, Fisheries Management, Aquaculture, Marine Technologies and Marine Ecosystems and Climate Change. AZTI-Tecnalia is oriented towards services and applied research, with specializations including aquaculture and marine spatial planning, providing scientific advice for sustainable fisheries and protection of the marine environment at different levels (regional, national and international) and developing close relationship with stakeholders and managers.
BluefarmVenice, Italy
Bluefarm  established in February 2014, is a young and dynamic spin-off of Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy and is currently operating on the premises of the Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics of Ca’ Foscari. Bluefarm mission is to bridge the gap between scientific research and application in the field of sustainable aquaculture, with particular focus on Mediterranean areas, including North African countries. Our activities focus on the following key aspects of sustainable aquaculture: site selection and environmental impact assessment; optimization of husbandry practices and monitoring; production of new species.
CMRBergen, Norway
Christian Michelsen Research (CMR)  is a technology research company focusing on commercial research and innovation. The vision of the present CMR is to conduct research for industrial development. CMR Computing, a research department at CMR, will be involved in this project. CMR Computing conducts advanced research and development with excellent expertise in visualisation, data analysis, and decision support. The department works closely together with industry and government and develop innovative solutions and software prototypes in application areas such as aquaculture, energy, maritime, marine and medicine. For this project CMR Computing will contribute to development of operational tools for aquaculture management, especially spatial planning based on its extensive experience with development of Geographic Information System (GIS) and visualization prototypes.
CSICMadrid, Spain
Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) is the largest research organisation in Spain with 130 institutes, one of them the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA)  . The research of the Department of Global Change Research at IMEDEA aims at understanding the processes of Global Change and informing societal responses. It emphasizes the interactions between the Atmosphere and the Oceans, and the Biosphere, addressing impacts on climate and atmospheric chemistry and the chemistry and biology of the oceans.
FAORome, Italy
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to AquaSpace through two main bodies: the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department-Aquaculture Branch (FIRA) and the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM). The GFCM is a FAO Regional Fisheries Management Organization which promotes the development, conservation, rational management and best utilization of living marine resources, as well as the sustainable development of aquaculture in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and connecting waters. Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. FAOs three main goals are: the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and, the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.
NARICGodollo, Hungary
The National Agricultural Research and Innovation Center (NARIC) of Hungary was founded in 2014 as an integrated entity established from sectoral governmental RDI capacities (13 research institutes in the field of agriculture and food science). The institutes integrated by NARIC conduct high-quality basic and applied research and development activities related to plant and animal biotechnology/genetics, animal breeding, reproduction and nutrition, aquaculture and fisheries, food and meat science, plant and vegetable production, viticulture and enology, forest research and management, climate change and biodiversity, agro-environmental research and technologies, and agricultural engineering. The NARIC Research Institute for Fisheries and Aquaculture (HAKI) is one of the separate organizational unit of NARIC with professional autonomy. Its main task is to implement a multidisciplinary research work to provide scientific basis for the development of sustainable aquaculture and agriculture systems, and for the responsible use and protection of aquatic resources. HAKI has carried out many international and national projects where the sustainability of the aquaculture sector was measured and developed based on stakeholder consultation. This project would be implemented jointly with the NARIC Research Department of Irrigation and Water management that carries out complex research on excess water management and has expertise on assessment of excess water hazard (GIS-based), land use development possibilities.
IFREMERIssy-les-Moulineaux, France
Ifremer has three main missions: finalized research in the prospect of answering to social expectations (climate change effects, marine biodiversity, pollutions prevention, seafood quality…); oceans and coastal waters monitoring, in support with public policy for the environment and its resources; development, management and open access of large research infrastructures which are made available to the whole National and European scientific community, as well as to private partners. Fields of activity deal with: monitoring, use and promotion of coastal seas; monitoring and optimisation of aquaculture products; promoting scientific advices on fisheries resources for a sustainable fishing; exploring the seafloor and the ocean biodiversity; forecasting ocean circulation, marine ecosystems evolution; managing vessels and underwater vehicles for the whole scientific community. Regarding aquaculture, Ifremer has been involved in many projects addressing several issues: spatial management, changes of ecological status with respect to shellfish production (e.g. watershed inputs, climate change), indicators of sustainability, vulnerability of shellfish culture (mortality, ecosystem changes), better knowledge of rearing practices, assessment of ecosystem carrying capacity.
IMRBergen, Norway
Institute of Marine Research (IMR) is Norway’s largest centre of marine science with a staff of almost 700. The main task is to provide advice to authorities on aquaculture and the ecosystems of the oceans and the coastal zone, to ensure that marine resources are cultured and harvested in a sustainable way. Processes and ecosystems, environmental status and the effects of human encroachments and activities in the coastal zone are the subjects which contribute to the institute’s advisory programmes on monitoring and assessment of the Coastal Zone. IMR has been involved in national and international research projects to support the development of monitoring and regulatory systems for aquaculture to assess ecological impacts and optimize spatial planning in coastal areas.
JHIDundee, UK
The James Hutton Institute is an international interdisciplinary centre for research into global issues such as food, energy and environmental security, developing and promoting effective technological and management solutions. It is a Main Research Provider to the Scottish Government’ Strategic Research Programme, Coordinating 4 of 8 Research Themes and 1 of 3 science:policy Centres of Expertise on Climate Change, Animal Disease, and coordinating that on Waters. Its unique role is in providing research capacity to support industry and government, and managing Scottish national archives and data (e.g. land use).
LLELondon, UK
Longline Environment Ltd
Longline Environment Ltd (LLE) provides modelling solutions for the aquaculture, fisheries and water quality industries. Its modelling expertise addresses some of the key environmental, social and economic issues faced by stakeholders, regulators and water managers. We apply models for spatial analysis of aquaculture supporting finfish, bivalve and shrimp aquaculture with production, ecology, and economics.
MSSAberdeen, UK
Marine Scotland (MS) is Scotland’s principal marine management organisation with the purpose of managing Scotland’s seas for prosperity and environmental sustainability. Marine Scotland Science has a statutory role for aquaculture planning and regulation in Scottish waters. It acts as a statutory consultee to both the development consent process run by Local Authorities for fish and shellfish farms and the discharge consent authorisation managed by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) for fish farms. It produces Locational Guidelines for the siting of marine fish farms in keeping with environmental capacity and conducts research on environmental, stock health and food security aspects of aquaculture. MSS also licenses all seaweed farms, discharges from aquaculture support vessels and navigational aspects of all sites under a Marine Licence and runs a system of farm authorisation and inspection for fish health and welfare and biosecurity control purposes through its Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI). Marine Scotland also has statutory responsibility for the development of a National Marine Plan as well as implementing a framework for Regional Marine Planning out to 12 nautical miles to be managed by future Marine planning Partnerships. MSS provides a wide range of advice, data and evidence to support the development of Marine Planning for Scotland.
SGMBudens, Portugal
Sagremarisco-Viveiros de Marisco Lda
Sagremarisco-Viveiros de Marisco Lda (SGM) was founded in 1985 as a limited company at Sagres in SW Portugal. SGM operates at the interface between industry, education and scientific research and management providing: maintenance support for the local aquaculture industry and fishing fleet, as well as running trials in marine conditions for materials that are under development for maritime use; support with equipment and human resources for coastal field studies by both local and foreign universities, and other educational institutions. SGM actively participates in scientific research projects in the coastal zone and is involved with international, national and local institutions responsible for management of the coastal zone.
TI-SFBraunschweig, Germany
Thünen-Institute of Sea Fisheries (TI-SF) is the largest out of three German federal research institutes for fisheries and aquaculture. TI-SF prepares decision support for the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) with respect to the Common Fisheries Policy of the EU (CFP) and international marine conventions (i.a. NEAFC, NAFO, CCAMLR, OSPAR, IWC, ASCOBANS) of which Germany is a member. Through its scientific monitoring programs and research activities, the institute contributes to increasing knowledge about ecology and economy of marine systems. The institute enunciates research-based advice to the European Commission (STECF and other EU advisory boards) and provides a significant part of the German contribution to the advice on fisheries and marine ecosystems under the auspices of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). TI-SF takes part in international research projects funded by the EU and other agencies in order to resolve specific questions regarding the management of marine living resources and to further improve the scientific basis of its advice (e.g. COEXIST, MESMA, SOCIOEC, PREFACE).
UCCCork, Ireland
National University of Ireland Cork (NUIC) is Ireland’s premier research university, with over 17,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, and attracting the highest peer-reviewed research income per head nationally. The Coastal & Marine Research Centre (CMRC) is part of the Environmental Research Institute in UCC and is a multidisciplinary research centre and with activities distributed across five inter-linked thematic areas: Coastal Governance, Marine Ecology, Applied Remote Sensing & GIS, Marine Geomatics, Coastal Processes and Seabed Mapping The CMRC has been involved in Ocean Management initiatives since 1994 and as such is well placed to conduct research on spatial planning issues for the aquaculture sector and to work in partnership to devise and facilitate knowledge exchange. CMRC’s Governance Group is focused on improving understanding of the inter-relationships between government, market and civil society and is involved in the assessment of ecological conditions, identifying relevant international, EU and national legal instruments, policies and management structures and associated best practice. The Group has developed innovative approaches of engaging stakeholders and has extensive experience of organising and delivering workshops across Europe on integrated approaches to marine usage issues.
UoCRethymno, Greece
The University of Crete, Department of Biology was founded in 1981, and soon gained the leading role in Greek biological research and education and a conspicuous role in European research. The Marine Ecology Lab, has pioneered research on environmental interactions of Mediterranean marine aquaculture covering a wide range of ecological processes since mid-1990s and has been active in numerous international initiatives focusing on the science-policy interface and the sustainability of aquaculture. The UoC team will contribute the available expertise on ecological interactions of aquaculture and coastal zone management and will work to achieve a close collaboration with relevant stakeholders from Greece and other Mediterranean countries.
BHGBudapest, Hungary

Unfunded partners

NOAASilver Spring, USA
NOAA The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science is a federal agency that informs communities about pollution, harmful algae, climate impacts with the goal of responsible management of coastal resources.
DALHalifax, Canada
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada  is internationally known as one of North America’s most welcoming universities. Founded in 1818, Dalhousie is one of Canada’s oldest universities, attracting more than 18,200 students around the world. Located on Canada’s East Coast, the university blends world-class academic programs with leading-edge research. Our focus on academic innovation means we are committed to the continuous development of our programs and courses. As Atlantic Canada’s leading Research University, attracting over $140 million in research grants and awards each year.
YSFRIQingdao, China
Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute (YSFRI) is a multidisciplinary marine and fisheries research institute founded in 1947. In the past 60 years YSFRI has been devoted to the mission of ‘Exploitation and sustainable utilization of marine biological resources’, by focusing research on fishery resource investigation, mariculture and fish stock enhancement, fish product processing and quality control. YSFRI is a leading figure in marine fisheries research in China, having accomplished more than 200 national research projects, including those funded by the highest level national fundamental research (973) programme, national high-tech (863) programme, and programmes of Natural Science Foundation of China. YSFRI has long-term collaboration with Sanggou Bay and Zhangzidao Fisheries companies, on aquaculture mode and technology development, and on aquaculture sustainable development strategies and policy.
UWACrawley, Australia
The University of Western Australia (UWA) is focused on research and attracting >70% of all national competitive funding to the state of Western Australia. The UWA Oceans Institute (OI) aims to make the most of UWA research strengths using them to develop and provide solutions for human-ocean related grand-challenges. A major focus of the OI is to advance knowledge in sustainable and safe use of critical marine resources, such as ‘the role of ocean as a source of sustainable food’. To this end, and because aquaculture is a developing industry in Australia, UWA OI is now focusing on increasing research in this area.