Sustainable Aquaculture Digital - Aquaculture Europe 2015

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11 FISHBOOST, now in its second year, is devel- oping selective breeding programmes aimed at increasing productivity and profitability of aquaculture, while reducing the impact on the environment. The five year research project, funded by the European Commission has drawn together research organisations, both large and small and medium sized aquaculture companies and NGOs to develop both high tech and low tech approaches to improve aquaculture breeding. The total cost of the project is €7,955,911 with €6 million coming from the EU. The research project is looking specifically at Atlantic salmon, common carp, European sea bass, gilt head sea bream, rainbow trout and turbot. The researchers are aiming to bring about bal- anced and sustainable breeding programmes covering a wide range of traits, breeding tools and technologies. The need for developments in selective breed- ing techniques has been driven by the increas- ing demand for aquaculture products. However, while the demand for aquaculture products has been increasing, there is a large scope for companies to improve their pro- duction by using genetically improved stock developed through improved breeding pro- grammes. Between February and December last year, in the first months of the project, 14 experiments were started in six EU-countries focusing on developing tools for genetic improvement of production efficiency and disease resistance in the main farmed fish species. Rainbow Trout

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