Marie Curie project EATFISH paints the big picture of aquaculture in Europe

The main undertaking of EATFish is to educate young scientists who will be capable of envisioning and creating this transformational change to support sustainable and profitable European aquaculture through an interdisciplinary action. EATFish is a truly multidisciplinary research project aimed at integrating the biological, technical, socio-economic and governance aspects needed for sustainable and profitable aquaculture. Only when these aspects are integrated, competitive aquaculture in a changing seascape will be feasible in Europe. Aquaculture is the fastest growing food sector since the 1970s and its most important purpose is to provide healthy and safe food adapted to consumer preferences. At the same time there are fundamental concerns about the ways we farm and transport food across the world, which are related to negative environmental impacts. Hence, sustainable aquaculture has been identified as the “greatest and most feasible” way to obtain adequate seafood for human consumption and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2, 4, 13 and 14 on food security, quality education, climate action and use of the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

The central aim of EATFish is a sustainable and profitable European aquaculture sector to secure healthy seafood for our growing society. This aim will be pursued by

  1. Optimising resource economy in European aquaculture, such that it contributes to a circular bioeconomy
  2. Ensuring animal health and welfare
  3. Developing novel aquaculture products targeted to specific market segments
  4. Refining aquaculture governance to facilitate sustainable development of the sector
  5. Enhancing the skills and competences of future aquaculture professionals

Fifteen PhD students will be recruited by EATFish participants to materialise these aims and will integrate their newly gained expertise during common research and training sessions that will be held twice every year.

Project Coordinator: Detmer Sipkema (

Twitter: @eatfish17

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN Programme under grant agreement No. 956697 (EATFISH). This output reflects only the author’s view and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

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