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AdriAquaNet project for the strengthening and sustainability of aquaculture in the Adriatic Sea

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By Milthon Lujan

Italy.- The AdriAquaNet project aim at creating a lasting dialogue between Italian and Croatian research, businesses and public authorities on how to bring the Adriatic Sea aquaculture to technological and market excellence.

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The AdriAquaNet project, funded by the EU Interreg V Italy-Croatia Program 2014-2020 and led by a group of researchers from the University of Udine, brings together six other research institutions, including the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie (IZSVe), the Association of fish farmers from Croatia and four fish farming companies operating in Italy and Croatia. This community, which has about 100 experts, will work for two and a half years in the first technical-scientific cooperation initiative ever, with the aim of transferring advanced knowledge and new technologies throughout the whole aquaculture supply chain, from the management of the production plants up to the processed products market.

The project was presented to the Croatian government authorities and companies in in Split on 31 may 2019. The inaugural ceremony will be held aslo in Udine on 24 June 2019, with the aim of encouraging the involvement of aquaculture working communities and of the authorities responsible for territorial management on both sides of the Adriatic Sea.

The project starts from the recognition of the innovation and development needs expressed by the industries and from the knowledge and technologies available in the research institutions. Each research organization will have the task to encourage the technological applications in the fish farming companies that will experience innovations. After the first pilot phase, the technical-scientific training of the sector’s employees will follow, both in Italy and in Croatia.

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