Deliverable 2 (SustainAQ)

O. Schneider, B. Julian, R. Bosman, E. Eding

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The European Project SustainAQ (Framework 6) aims to identify the limiting factors for the sustainable production of aquatic origin food in Eastern Europe. It focuses on the possible use of Recirculation Aquaculture Systems (RAS) as sustainable method for the production of aquatic animals as mentioned in the communication of the European Commission on Aquaculture in 2009. RASs already exist mainly in western countries and proved economically feasible. RASs allow controlling the production process including effluents, biosecurity and escapes. Eastern European countries are facing challenges related to their excessive water use waste emission, and others. Therefore, these countries are potential beneficiaries of improved sustainability through RAS use. This project intends to assess the benefits of introducing and applying RAS for Eastern European aquaculture. This project involves three Western European countries (Norway, the Netherlands and France) and six East European countries (Croatia, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic and Poland). Ten research institutions collaborate in different tasks (coordination, data collection, data analysis, etc.), and nine small-medium enterprises (SME) participate in data mining (Table 1). The present data is therefore based on the situation in those countries during 2006 till 2008 before the report got finally compiled in 2008/2009.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationYerseke
Number of pages100
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameReport / Wageningen IMARES
PublisherIMARES C054/09


  • aquaculture
  • fish farms
  • fish production
  • sustainability
  • cropping systems
  • knowledge transfer
  • central europe
  • sustainable development
  • circulation
  • water reuse
  • waste water

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