Twinning with our partnering organizations during the AQUAREDPOT project brought HAKI closer to research networks and European wide project consortiums. A good indicator of the better integration into mainstream European research is that there are three ongoing H2020 projects that involve both HAKI and at least one of our partnering organisations as project beneficiaries. The projects are focusing on issues (integration of research infrastructures, climate change, spatial planning, stakeholder involvement), which are nowadays key constraining factors in aquaculture development.
- AquaSpace (Ecosystem Approach to making Space for Aquaculture - No. 633476): both HAKI and IFREMER are partners of the project consortium. The 3-year-long project started in March 2015. (see more about the project at http://www.aquaspace-h2020.eu/)
- AQUAEXCEL 2020 (Aquaculture infrastructures for Excellence in European fish research towards 2020 - No. 652831). The 5-year-long project started in October 2015. HAKI, IFREMER, NOFIMA and Wageningen University are all participants in the project, making room for joint research activities in the future, especially through the “trans-national access (TA) to Research infrastructures” component. The Combined Intenstive-Extensive system (pond in pond system) built in the AQUREDPOT project (WP4) and the upgraded indoor disease challenge system can be utilized by other European research groups to conduct outdoor rearing/feeding and indoor immunology experiments. (see more about the project at http://www.aquaexcel.eu/)
- ClimeFish (Co-creating a decision support framework to ensure sustainable fish production in Europe under climate change – No. 677039) The project will start on 1 April, 2016, and close cooperation is envisaged between NOFIMA and HAKI in the field of identification of impacts of climate change on aquaculture technologies. (see more about the project at http://www.climefish.eu)
In addition to joint H2020 project cooperation, the nutritionist teams of HAKI and NOFIMA generated a private funded project: Pannonia Zrt, which is an ethanol producer subsidizes research of HAKI and NOFIMA related to the utilization of DDGS (a byproduct of ethanol processing) in carp feeds. (see more about the results of this project)