AquaVitae : New species, processes and products contributing to increased production and improved sustainability in emerging low trophic, and existing low and high trophic aquaculture value chains in the Atlantic

Project identifier 198-AQUAVITAE
Project Status ongoing
Start date 2019-06-01
End date 2023-05-31
Roadmap Theme
  • Agriculture and food systems for nutrition: Improved food value chains
  • Sustainable intensification: Marine ecosystems and aquaculture technologies
  • Agriculture and food systems for nutrition: Consumer behaviour and education
  • Type of Project Applied research project
    Type of Project Development and innovation oriented (research) project
    Programme H2020-EU.
    Keyword aquaculture; low trophic species; biosensors; environmental impact; circular economy; macroalgae; sea urchins; echinoderms
    Location France; Faroe Islands; Portugal; Namibia; South Africa; Norway; Brazil; Sweden; Denmark; Spain; Ireland
    Budget 8 748 035
    Main Funder Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) (H2020)
    Coordinator Nofima
  • Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa)
  • Federal University of Rio Grande (FURG)
  • Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC)
  • Sao Paulo State University (Unesp)
  • University of New Brunswick
  • Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
  • Syntesa
  • Ocean Rainforest
  • Fiskaaling
  • Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
  • ttz Bremerhaven
  • Matis OHF
  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)
  • University of Namibia
  • Bellona
  • Norwegian Research Center NORCE
  • Northern Research Institute (Norut)
  • The Arctic University of Norway (UiT)
  • University of Porto (U. Porto)
  • Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR)
  • Rhodes University
  • Stellenbosch University
  • Biolan
  • Centro Tecnol√≥gico del Mar (Fundaci√≥n CETMAR)
  • CSIC - Spanish National Research Council
  • University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL)
  • Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
  • University of New England
  • Primar Aquacultura
  • Scea France Haliotis
  • Cartron Point Shellfish
  • Algaplus Producao e Comercializacao de Algas e Seus Derivados
  • Marifeed
  • Wild Coast Abalone
  • Bohus havsbruk
  • Project Web Site


    Sustainable and innovative aquaculture across the Atlantic Ocean

    The AquaVitae project is a consortium of 36 partners from Europe and countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean. They are working towards sustainable aquaculture production and the development of new low trophic species in aquaculture value chains, including macroalgae, Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA), shellfish, echinoderms and finfish. Research activities will cover the whole aquaculture value chain, from analyzing market potential of new products to the policy framework. Possible impacts on the environment will be monitored, including the development of new sensors. AquaVitae plans to set up an industry and research network with particular attention on social responsibility and community outreach. Expecting to influence industry and society long-term, the project’s partners also plan to design good practice standards and provide training programs for specialists and the public, focusing on a circular economy and the zero-waste approach. See our project website at


    The overall objective of AquaVitae is to increase aquaculture production in and around the Atlantic Ocean in a sustainable way by developing new and emerging low trophic species and by optimising production in existing aquaculture value chains. The value chains that AquaVitae will focus on include macroalgae production, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture, and production of new echinoderm species as well as existing shellfish and finfish species. A series of cross-cutting Work Packages (WPs) will include research on biosensors, Internet of Things (IoT), product characteristics, consumer attitudes, market potential, sustainability, environmental monitoring, risk assessment, analysis of value chains, profitability, and other socioeconomic aspects. AquaVitae will contribute to various policy dialogues and produce briefs on policy and governance issues. The AquaVitae consortium consists of 36 full partners from Europe and countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean, in addition to an Industry Reference group, a Policy Advice Group, and an External Advisory Group. AquaVitae supports extensive communication and outreach activities, employs a multi-actor approach to ensure stakeholder engagement in all phases of the project, and will set up a durable aquaculture industry and research network around the Atlantic Ocean. Industry partners are present in all case studies, and they have a special responsibility for exploitation and commercialization of the project research results and outcomes. AquaVitae will have a lasting impact on society through the introduction of new species, and through the development of new processes and products based on a circular economy / zero waste approach with improved sustainability. AquaVitae will produce Good Practice standards, facilitate industry apprenticeship and student exchange, support extensive training programs for industry, academia, and the public, and contribute to the implementation of the EU-Brazil-South Africa Belém Statement.