Advanced tools and research strategies for Parasite Control in European Farmed Fish
Objective: ParaFishControl aims to improve our understanding of fish-parasite interactions and will develop innovative solutions and tools to prevent, control and mitigate the most harmful parasites which affect the main fish species farmed in Europe including Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, common carp, turbot, European sea bass, and gilthead sea bream.
Aquaculture is the fastest growing food producing sector worldwide, currently providing half of all aquatic animals for human consumption. If responsibly developed and practised, aquaculture can generate lasting benefits for global food security and economic growth.
Parasites and related infections can cause significant damage to farmed fish resulting in poor growth performance, impaired welfare and high mortality rates, which can significantly hamper aquaculture production and economic performance. Disease prevention and management are essential for the sustainability of the aquaculture industry.
ParaFishControl will increase our knowledge of parasite biology and interactions with fish hosts of commercial interest. The project will develop prophylactic measures, diagnostic tools and methods to detect parasites in fish and the environment. It will develop new products and innovative strategies for the control and management of parasitic diseases. An innovative Food Safety Programme will be established to guard against the possibility of fish parasites affecting the consumer and strengthen the competitiveness and public image of European aquaculture.
The consortium comprises 29 partners (20 academic and public organisations, 6 SMEs and 3 research and industrial enterprises) based in 13 European countries, who are considered leaders in their respective domains of expertise.