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FP7

COFASP

Strengthening cooperation in European research on sustainable exploitation of marine resources in the seafood chains

Start date 1 February 2013
End date 31 January 2017
Duration 48 months
Programme acronym FP7-KBBE
Website www.cofasp.eu
Total costs 2,220,612
Contribution by EC 1,999,912
Coordinator
Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation
Contact person Niels Gøtke
Participants
National Research Council
International Council for the Exploration of the Sea
Norwegian Seafood Research Fund
AZTI-Tecnalia
Federal Office of Agriculture and Food
Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
Wageningen University & Research
Icelandic Centre for Research
French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea
Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding
Research Council of Norway
French National Research Agency
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Marine Scotland - Scottish Ministers
Spanish Oceanographic Institute
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research
General Secretariat for Research and Technology
Foundation for Science and Technology
Marine Institute
Natural Resources Institute - Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute
Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries - Danish Food Industry Agency
Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research
Technical University of Denmark - National Institute of Aquatic Resources
Matís
Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research
Republic of Turkey Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock
Innovation Fund Denmark
Ministry of Rural Affairs

Participants

29

Countries

17

Calls

3

Projects

15

Objective

Research and innovation are central elements in the Europe 2020 Strategy and it is recognised that bioeconomy is an important element of the Strategy. DG RTD has issued a European Strategy Innovating for sustainable growth: a bioeconomy for Europe paving the way to a more innovative, resource efficient and competitive society that reconciles food security with the sustainable use of renewable resources, while ensuring environmental protection.

COFASP will directly address actions...

Research and innovation are central elements in the Europe 2020 Strategy and it is recognised that bioeconomy is an important element of the Strategy. DG RTD has issued a European Strategy Innovating for sustainable growth: a bioeconomy for Europe paving the way to a more innovative, resource efficient and competitive society that reconciles food security with the sustainable use of renewable resources, while ensuring environmental protection.

COFASP will directly address actions envisaged within fisheries, aquaculture and seafood:
• to enhance scientific knowledge and innovation reinforcing advice on fisheries management supporting decision making and strengthening an ecosystem-based fisheries management as central principle of the revised Common Fisheries Policy;
• to implement the EU Strategy for the Sustainable Development of Aquaculture through development of strategic guidelines and implementation of national strategic aquaculture plans; and
• to promote consumption of safe, nutritious and healthy European seafood and ensure traceability of seafood from net and cage to plate.

Based on the earlier ERA-NET MariFish and the running ERA-NET SEAS-ERA, focusing on capture fisheries, aquaculture and seafood processing including distribution to consumers the objectives of COFASP are:
• To lay the basis for exploitation according to the precautionary principles and to enhance innovation in and competitiveness of the primary sectors fisheries and aquaculture as well as subsequent seafood processing and distribution to the consumer
• To define the science, information and data necessary to underpin the revision of the CFP and to ensure its successful implementation by designing complementary national research programs and outlining monitoring and information/data sharing systems needed.

Mapping

A Common Strategy will be developed catering for the future opportunities and necessities of cooperation in research in the fields of fisheries, aquaculture and sea food processing. The output from the final WP1 workshop together with the outcomes from WP2, WP3 and WP4, will be used to finalize the paper on common strategy (to be concluded by month 40 = July 2016). The Common Strategy is envisioned to be a big tool box which the COFASP consortium will use to streamline input when needed.
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A Common Strategy will be developed catering for the future opportunities and necessities of cooperation in research in the fields of fisheries, aquaculture and sea food processing. The output from the final WP1 workshop together with the outcomes from WP2, WP3 and WP4, will be used to finalize the paper on common strategy (to be concluded by month 40 = July 2016). The Common Strategy is envisioned to be a big tool box which the COFASP consortium will use to streamline input when needed.
During the lifetime of the ERA-NET the Common Strategy will be used in several ways to provide strategic input from the COFASP consortium. One of the most important tools to be developed for the Common Strategy is the Strategic Research Agenda, which is expected to have a big impact on national research programmes as well as on the future research programmes of the EU-Commission.

 
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