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The Company, in cooperation with Greek and foreign universities and research centers, through European Community and state-funded programs and with its own participation, makes investments in the improvement of its equipment as well as in the development of the techniques of production and management of its fish population. The Research and Development Department deals with the following programs:

1.       In collaboration with the Department of Aquaculture of the Animal Breeding & Genomics Centre of the Institute Wageningen UR Livestock Research in the Netherlands, the Company has developed a breeding program for the Mediterranean sea bass and sea bream, with the aim of improving fish population in terms of both increasing the growth rate and maintaining fish shape. This program started in January 2014 and its first phase was completed in April 2017. From May 2017 and for the next decade, the contract for cooperation with the above Institute was renewed.

 

 

 

2.   At the same time, the company from October 2016 to December 2018 participates in a FP7 (Seventh Framework Programme) call, the DIVERSIFY. The purpose of the program is to explore the biological and socio-economic potential of new / emerging candidate fish species for the expansion of European aquaculture industry. The Company, in collaboration with the Hellenic Center for Marine Research (HCMR), which has undertaken the coordination of the program, deals with the reproduction of the Greater Amberjack (Seriola dumerilli) in Work Package 3, as well as with the larvae rearing in Work Package 15. 

     The amount of subsidy allocated to the Company by the European Commission amounts to approximately € 82,000. Apart from the research experiments that will take place at the facilities of Galaxidi Marine Farm S.A., executives of the company will attend conferences as well as the annual coordination meetings of the program. 

Pic. 2: From the annual coordination meeting of the DIVERSIFY program, held in Barcelona, in January 2017.

3.     Also, from May 2017 until April 2021, the company will participate in the European Commission H2020 (Horizon 2020) call, named MedAID –a program funded by the European Union, which is co-ordinated by the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza-International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (IAMZ-CIHEAM ) and the Institute for Research and Technology of Agricultural Products (IRTA). The aim of this program is to improve the technical performance of Mediterranean aquaculture. The company's involvement in the above program includes participation in research experiments to be carried out at its premises as well as the completion of questionnaires on the products and sales of its breeding species in Work Packages 2, 3, 5 and 8 respectively. The participation of its executives in conferences and in the annual meetings for coordinating and monitoring the development of the MedAID program is necessary and very constructive, since through the discussions and the results announced, knowledge, techniques and experience are disseminated both by the companies involved to the research centers , and vice versa. The amount of the subsidy to the Company amounts to approximately € 107,000. 

Pic. 3: From the kick-off meeting of the MedAID project, held in Zaragoza in May 2017.

       4.  By the end of 2017, a new subsidized program entitled "DECIDE", in which the company will be involved, may be approved to be granted and will deal with the measurement, design and evaluation of ecologically intensified European aquaculture systems. Its aim will be to allow for the sustainable development of aquaculture, overcoming certain barriers by developing a strong basis for decision-making within industry and governments. DECIDE will develop new products for food, fish health protection and sustainable aquaculture, opening up new highly specialized markets, reducing import dependency, increasing ecological profitability and increasing social acceptance. In addition, DECIDE will develop a new RAF (Resource Accounting Framework) for fish farms that integrates data from accounting and financial monitoring, and this can be used as a management tool to increase cost and resource efficiency.

 

 

 

 

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