Integrate Aquaculture: an eco-innovative solution to foster sustainability in the Atlantic Area

Call 2016
Priority 2. Fostering resource efficiency
Objective 2.2. Fostering green growth, eco-innovation and environmental efficiency

Lead partner:

Fundación Centro Tecnológico Acuicultura de Andalucía
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ERDF funding 1.509.279,06 €
Total budget 2.012.372,08 €
Duration 2017-06-01 - 2020-05-31


Circular economy principles make activities more sustainable and competitive. The INTEGRATE project will foster a quintuple helix cooperation to promote the industrial transition, finding sustainable ways to address an imbalance of resources towards Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) in the Atlantic Area. The project will develop effective tools to increase competitiveness while removing the barriers to sectoral green growth and improving the quality and public image of the aquatic products. Even though its development is encouraged by major policies (EU Blue Growth Strategy, Atlantic Action Plan, RIS3), there are many limits (socio-economic, administrative and legal) and challenges that need to be solved in order to benefit from its potential to increase competitiveness, productivity and profitability while minimizing environmental impacts related to waste production.
The INTEGRATE project aims to strengthen transnational and collaborative networking among research, business-industry groups and civil society on eco-efficient aquaculture techniques through a territorially based cooperation approach. This will be achieved by embracing and communicating the principles and benefits of eco-innovation and eco-efficiency, in which the concept of IMTA is based. Furthermore, it will facilitate the consecution of strategic regional goals as the industry transits towards resource-efficient technologies (aquaculture is a sector highlighted in the EU Blue Growth Strategy).

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Partner Location
1 Fundación Centro Tecnológico Acuicultura de Andalucía Andalucia (Huelva, Cádiz and Sevilla) (ES)
2 Irish Seaweed Consultancy Border, Midland and Western (IE)
3 Institut national supérieur des sciences agronomiques, agroalimentaires, horticoles et du paysage Bretagne (FR)
4 Scottish Association for Marine Science Highlands and Islands (UK)
5 Instituto Portugês do Mar e Atmosfera, I.P. Lisboa (PT)
6 National University of Ireland Galway Border, Midland and Western (IE)
7 ALGAplus Produção e Comercialização de algas e seus derivados Lda Centro (PT)
8 Région Bretagne: Service pêche et aquaculture Bretagne (FR)
9 Centre d'Etude et de Valorisation des Algues Bretagne (FR)
10 Moinho dos Ilhéus, LTDA Algarve (PT)
11 Comité Régional de la Conchyliculture Bretagne-Nord Bretagne (FR)
12 Asociación de Empresas de Acuicultura Marina de Andalucía Andalucia (Huelva, Cádiz and Sevilla) (ES)
13 Comité Régional Conchylicole de Bretagne Sud Bretagne (FR)
14 Ireland's Seafood Development Agency (BIM) Southern and Eastern (IE)
15 Indigo Rock Marine Station (INDIGO) Southern and Eastern (IE)
16 Plataforma Tecnológica Española de la Pesca y la Acuicultura Madrid (ES)
17 Zero Waste Scotland South Western Scotland (UK)
18 Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre South Western Scotland (UK)
19 Secretaría General de Pesca (Ministerio de Agricultura y Pesca, Alimentación y Medioambiente) Madrid (ES)
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