Current & Recent Projects

Assesing the causes and developing measures to prevent the escape of fish from sea-cage aquaculture (Prevent Escape)

Prevent Escape seeks to reduce the number of fish that escape from European aquaculture through research to improve fish farming techniques and technologies.


Developing siting and carrying capacity guidelines for Mediterranean aquaculture within aquaculture appropriate areas (SHoCMed)

SHoCMed Project aims at defining criteria for enhancing the integration of aquaculture in coastal areas by improving site selection and holding capacity benchmarks and reference points. This will also provide a base for harmonisation of standards, appropriate aquaculture policy and legal frameworks for aquaculture sustainable development across the Mediterranean region, ensuring equal terms of competition and minimal environmental impact.


Environmental management reform for sustainable farming, fisheries and aquaculture (AQUAGRIS)

AquAgriS is the acronym for: "Environmental management reform for sustainable farming, fisheries and aquaculture". The project started on the 1st of January, 2007, and is funded through the "Coordination Action" instrument of the 6th Framework Programme of the EU.  The project activities are implemented by the AquAgriS Consortium that has twenty-six (26) participating partners.

The AquAgriS Project partners are from EU and developing countries in a network aiming to increase knowledge and the awareness of the environmental aspects of farming, fisheries and aquaculture activities.


Fish farming effects on benthic biogeochemical processes (IBIS)

IBIS is an research project, implemented within the framework of the ‘‘Reinforcement Program of Human Research Manpower” (PENED) and co-financed by National and Community Funds (25% from the Greek Ministry of Development- General Secretariat of Research and Technology and 75% from EU-European Social Fund).

The aim of the study was to test how benthic fauna and biogeochemical properties of sediment will vary in response to similar levels of organic enrichment (induced by fish farming) as a function of bottom-habitat type (i.e., mud versus seagrass/coarse sediments), distance from the enrichment source and depth.

Ecosystem Approach for Sustainable Aquaculture (ECASA)

ECASA An Ecosystem Approach to Sustainable Aquaculture - is an EU funded Framework 6 RTD project with 16 research partners from 13 member states. It is the sucessor to several 4th and 5th Framework Programme projects which have helped to push forward our unsterstanding of the effects of aquaculture on the environment especially in the Mediterranean.

ECASA undertook a fieldwork programme involving sites ranging from the Atlantic waters of Norway and Scotland, the Baltic and the Mediterranean. ECASA included both fin and shell fish marine aquaculture and has actively sought stakeholder participation from the outset.


Synthesis of Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystem Interactions (SAMI)

The aims of the SAMI project funded under FP6 are twofold. Firstly, to bring experts from the many aspects of aquaculture-environment interactions together for a discussion of the most significant advances in knowledge from completed and on-going research both in Europe and globally, and for a discussion of the future perspectives of marine aquaculture within Europe particularly in the environmental context. Secondly, the project aims to disseminate the knowledge on environmental aspects at several levels. The project aims to reach the scientific community by reviews and syntheses published in high-impact journals. In addition a comprehensive review of the most important issues in marine aquaculture, specifically including each of the main RTD projects funded by the EU over the past decade, will be collected in a book, which will be available for the scientific community as well as for regulating authorities, industry, fish farmers, NGOstudents in the field of aquaculture and the public with interests in the field.

Elaboration of a new Greek regulatory scheme for the adaptation of fish farming production to the environmental characteristics of the receiving marine ecosystems

The Greek authority (then Ministry for Agriculture, now Ministry for Maritime Policy) responsible for the regulation of aquaculture had decided in 2004 to update the regulation for fish farming imposing different maximum levels of production to farms located at different farming sites. To this end, the MEL team was commissioned to prepare a proposal for the new policy taking into account the existing knowledge/information regarding the environmental interactions of Aquaculture in Greek coastal as well as all other relevant information from the scientific literature.