OBJECTIVES AND EXPECTED RESULTS
Development of an integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) system at the European level for the mitigation of negative environmental impacts of mariculture plants in a confined marine environment, with the use of a new set of bioremediator organisms whose action is more effective than the use of molluscs only.
Improvement of the quality of sediment and waters surrounding the breeding and
Additional economic benefits for the company linked to the diversification of production with the opening to new markets in relation to the marketing of non-edible biomasses that represent a by product with high commercial value. At each production cycle, in addition to breeding fish species and mussels, it is expected to collect large quantities of polychaetes sponges and macroalgae for the production of: baits, ornamental invertebrate, feed for fish species, fertilizers and raw material for the extraction of bioactive compounds useful in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
Better breeding performance with an increase in the quality of fish biomass produced within the system
Entry of the new IMTA system into the market and development of a virtuous circle that encourages sustainable mariculture at the European level with relapses not only in the specific aquaculture field but also in the light of a “farm-to-table” employment of the produced biomass (edible or not), its biotechnological exploitation and an aquaculture ecofriendly management.
Development of a management plan by the pilot company aimed at supporting its commercial activities
Awareness-raising of the community on the eco-compatible management of aquaculture in Europe and dissemination of the results of the methodologies developed for replicability at local and European level within a specific communication and networking plan. With these actions, policy and regulatory choices and specific financing can also be encouraged.