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EU aquaculture group up and running

The EU’s aquaculture group using advanced tools and research strategies for parasite control in European farmed fish, ParaFishControl, is now up and running.

ParaFishControl is an Horizon 2020-funded research project that aims to improve understanding of fish-parasite interactions, and develop innovative solutions and tools to prevent, control and mitigate harmful parasites which affect the main fish species farmed in Europe.

It aims to improve the productivity, economic performance and image of European aquaculture through the improved biosecurity, health and welfare of farmed fish.

In the first ParaFishControl newsletter Dr Ariadna Sitjà-Bobadilla, ParaFishControl project co-ordinator, writes: ‘This has been an exciting year for ParaFishControl! Extensive co-ordination and management was necessary to organise the work ahead and kick off the various activities from each of the project’s different work packages.

‘We have already made significant progress in achieving the aims of various tasks in the project.’

The newsletter also describes the expected outcomes of the project and their potential uses.

The project will run from 2015 to 2020, with a total budget of €8.1m, of which €7.8m is funded by the EU.

The ParaFishControl consortium comprises experts from 29 organisations in 13 European countries and is co-ordinated by The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).