Event list

NANOCULTURE : INTERREG project recently approved :

AQUIMER is now an associated partner of a new INTERREG project, NANOCULTURE, which was recently approved. The Consortium consists of 6 partners from research institutions, laboratories and clusters.  Three countries are represented: Spain, Portugal and Ireland. INL International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, located in Braga (North of Portugal) is the project coordinator. The general objective of the project is to assess and mitigate the risk of the presence of engineered nanomaterials – silver and titanium dioxide nanoparticles in particular - in Atlantic aquaculture.

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European Maritime Days 2019 :


The European Maritime Day (EMD) is the annual 2-day EU meeting point on maritime affairs and blue growth.This year the event took place on 16-17 May 2019 at the Lisbon Congress Centre, Portugal. The focus was on blue entrepreneurship, research, innovation and investment to boost sustainable technologies and emerging value chains in the wider ocean economy.

This was a great opportunity for AQUIMER to make new contacts, get visibility for its projects, activities and achievements, gain new insights into the evolving EU policy and funding landscape.

To know more, please, contact Margherita Vece.


AQUIMER took part in the BBI JU Info Day which took place at the European Commission in Brussels on the 12th of April 2019. The event enjoyed remarkable attendance with over 700 participants.

The event hosted prominent speakers from DG RTD, the BBI JU Programme and the Bio-based Industries Consortium.

The info day started with keynote speeches on the Bio-based industries role in the global development of bio-economy and on the BBI as an initiative mobilising private investment in Europe. This was followed by a detailed presentation of the BBI JU 2019 Work Programme with its calls’ priorities and novelties and all relevant information on proposal submission and evaluation.

The whole afternoon was dedicated to matchmaking meetings between participants. It was a great occasion to build our network and find potential partners for the BBI JU Call for proposals.

AQUIMER, though its EU Project Manager, Margherita Vece, booked over 10 networking meetings through the BBI JU Partnering Platform and met interested participants.

If you are looking for a partner for the BBI JU 2019 Work Programme,  do not hesitate to contact her.

The Expert Group on Skills and Career Development in the Blue Economy :

On April 10, AQUIMER participated in the last Expert Group meeting of the current European Commission. The Expert Group on Skills and Career Development in the Blue Economy was created by DG MARE in 2017. It supports DG MARE with the development of the skills policy for the marine and maritime sectors and advises on issues pertinent to education, training, skills and career development within the blue economy. The 40 members of the group represent different sectors of the blue economy and have been selected on the basis of their high level of expertise. AQUIMER is one these experts.

During that day the 7 projects that were selected under the EMFF’s 2016 Call for Blue Career projects and their best practices were presented. Progress of the Baseline document compiled by the MATES project on the mapping of the skills gaps in the 2 identified sectors (shipbuilding and offshore renewables) was also discussed.

DG EMPL was there to both show recent findings in the area of the EU employment strategy and the main trends that drive the employment market nowadays and present the ESCO classification system for occupations and skills in Europe.

This was the occasion for AQUIMER to provide input and insights as to the improvements necessary in the blue economy skills sector.

Should you need further information about this event, please contact Margherita VECE

The 5th edition of the "Halieutis" show: back on the Moroccan show ! :


On 20-24 February 2019 we participated in the Halieutis show with the Boulogne-sur-mer delegation chaired by the minister Frédéric Cuvillier. This was the occasion to discuss with our Moroccan partners Agadir Haliopole Cluster, the National Research Institute on Fisheries (INRH), the National Agency for the aquaculture development (ANDA) about future collaboration opportunities between French and Moroccan actors.

The Boulogne-sur-mer delegation was composed by representatives of the Communauté d’Agglomération du Boulonnais, Boulogne-sur-Mer City Hall, the Hauts-de-France Region, the Mission Capécure 2020, the Operating Company for the ports of the Strait, Delanchy Transports, The Large Sea Port of Dunkerque, the Chamber of Commerce of Hauts-de-France cost, the University of the Littoral Côte d'Opale, the General Trade Union of port merchands, the vocational maritime school of Le Portel, Nouvelles Vagues, an innovation platform tailored to the needs of the seafood industry and Procidys.

3 questions to Guillaume Dekoninck from the Echo Village : :

What’s your activity?

We run an aquaponics farm. We produce trout and eel as well as leafy vegetables and aromatic plants (cabbage, tomatoes, persil, basilic, tarragon,..). The operation is simple: the excrement from the fish provides with a nutrient-rich water, which is then used for growing vegetables and fruits (the excrements are mineralized through biofilters, they are transformed into nitrite, then in nitrates). Plants absorbed the excrements and purify the water. It is a sustainable system since it operates in a close circuit.

Who are your products/services addressed to?

Our products are addressed to the restauration, to the middle distribution and to individuals. With 15€ or 25€ per week,they can obtain supplies of vegetables and fish from the farm.

Why are innovation and research important in your activity sector?

Innovation is the heart of our work. Aquapony is a very innovative activity which allows to recycle discards and obtain a turnover from two types of production: horticulture and fish farming. In this activity, research enables us to improve the production (i.e. boosting the growth of plants with LED lights) or to combine different activities with aquapony (such as smoking of fish).

The Pôle AQUIMER supports its companies with their innovation strategies

Working lunch with the EU on "the environmental labelling of the aquatic products” :

On Tuesday, February 19, we organised a working lunch on the environmental labellingof aquatic products. Sponsored by Alain Cadec, in the presence of the Hauts-de-France region and the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, for Research and Innovation, the ICV Aqua and ICV Pêche projects were illustrated.

The ICV Aqua and ICV Pêche projects had the objective to develop Life Cycle inventories, especially ICV Aqua for the fishery, aquaculture and proceeding and ICV Pêche, only for fishery.

The presentation gave rise to a constructive discussion among the participants on the challenges of the environmental labelling and the contribution brought by both the projects at the European level. The European Commission confirmed both its interest in the projects and its strong commitment to the environmental labelling.

We want to say thanks to Alain Cadec, Chair of the EP Committee on Fisheries, for his support, attendance and introductory remarks, to Pierrette Ethuin (Ulco), Thomas Cloâtre (CNPMEM) and Julie Mancini (AQUIMER) for their presentations.

Should you need further information about this event, please contact Margherita VECE

TERAFOOD Newsflash :

TERAFOOD Newsflash

Policy conference for the closing of H2020 DiscardLess project :

On Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 January2019 a Science - Policy conferencefor the closing of H2020 DiscardLess project was held in Copenhagen, Denmark. The project’saim was to find sustainable solutions for the gradual elimination of discards in European fisheries. About 160 participants took part in the DISCARDLESS final conference.

« The implementation and the efficient control of the landing obligation will meet a number of challenges, not easy to face. The research conducted in the framework of the DiscardLess project aims to mitigate them. However, actions are needed at the local level» Margherita VECE, EU Project Manager, AQUIMER

The conference was opened by Clara Ulrich, the project coordinator, who provided context information on the DiscardLess project as well as on the landing obligation which will be in full force and effect in January 2019.

Different partners made presentations on their use of tools in the framework of the project, discards’ impact, the landing obligation’s impact on fishermen and research carried out on selectivity among aquatic products. For more information on the DiscardLess project, click here.

Should you need further information about this event, please contact Margherita VECE

Welcome to Doriane! :

A passionate person for marine environments for a long time, Doriane holds a master’s degree in « Oceanography and marine environments » from the University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC), in Paris. She worked in both the Roscoff biological Station (CNRS) and the Brittany’s committee of sea-fishing and marine aquaculture.

Doriane has a 4-year experience in the Roscoff biological station where she was in charge of the study and the exploitation of aquatic resources. There, she could measure the impact of the macroalgal exploitation and got involved in innovation and research projects, such as IDEALG.

Her experience in the aquatic sector enabled her to work for the regional committee of sea-fishing and marine aquaculture (CRPMEM) in Brittany. During 9 months Doriane was coordinator of the BIOMASSE ALGUE project, aiming to estimate the algal biomass.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact Doriane!

The aquaculture industry turns towards the EU! :

On January 22-23, 2019 the Mirror Platforms (MiPs) of the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (EATiP), of which we are a part, gathered in Berlin. This meeting aimed to start implementing the new EATiP strategic research and innovation agenda.

The meeting began with the election of Yolanda Morales from the cluster ACUIPLUS as the EATiP MiPs’ President.

Given the privileged access of the EATiP to the European Union, the MiPs decided to meet more frequently and new working groups were set up in order to both have a greater impact on the EU’s future strategy and improve the information-sharing among European aquaculture actors.

«As the French EATiP MiPs, we are able to report national industry’s issues and push forward the aquaculture sector at the European level » Margherita Vece, EU Project Manager, AQUIMER.

The meeting was concluded with a visit to an internationally known site of aquaponic production (tilapia and basil).

Should you need further information about this event, please contact Margherita VECE

Aquatic products on the verge of the digital era! :










On January 22, 2019 a number of structures took part in the workshop concerning the technical specifications for a mutual e-commerce platform of aquatic products. Three parts of the technical specifications were illustrated: the technical, the legal and the economic part. The technical part which was unanimously validated, showed the type of platform to be set up, its administration and management. The legal and economic parts were completed and will be validated through a feasibility study.  A marketing part will be added soon to the technical specifications.

For more information, please contact Doriane!

AQUIMER at the European Maritime Day 2018 in Bulgaria :

AQUIMER participated on the 31st of May, in the opening of the European Maritime Day 2018 in Burgas, Bulgaria.

This annual conference extending over two days, introduced by Karmenu Vella, the European commissioner of Maritime and Fishing affairs, brings together players from the European maritime world around 19 workshops.

The event revolves mainly around the 2030 European strategy for increasing sustainability of fishing and aquaculture, the Landing Obligation, and the new FEAMP, as well as the urgent need for fighting against plastics in the oceans.

For more info, please contact Gabrielle Heyvaert


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