Co-ordinator:  Bangor University, Centre for Applied Research (UK)
Start: 1st January 2010
Duration: 36 months
Funding: Atlantic Area Programme, Priority 2: Protect, secure and enhance the marine and coastal environment sustainability

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Emma Bello Gomez, Email:, Tel: +353 1 644 9008


The aquaculture industry is an important contributor to the economic well-being of the Atlantic Area, particularly in rural peripheral areas. Aquaculture must develop in the line with the EU’s commitment to high levels of environmental protection, for which legislation is based on the precautionary principle. Stringent EU rules in this area generate competitive constraints vis-à-vis competitors in Asia and Latin America, and for the last 7 years the EU aquaculture sector has stagnated, in stark contrast to global growth of 6-8%. In order to grow it is essential that the aquaculture industry can resolve a number of issues related to sustainability and address precautionary actions by legislators, with a number of bottlenecks needing to be overcome.

The SEAFARE project is a response to the urgent need to increase the sustainability of the aquaculture industry. It is designed to provide SMEs and public authorities with tools for sustainable and environmentally friendly aquaculture. It will strengthen links between researchers and industry, and influence policy development at regional and national levels via key sectors players. It will deliver innovative solutions for coastal zone management and the protection of habitats by contributing to sustainable management of economic activity. The project’s intent is for the group to form a long-term resource on the western seaboard of Europe and beyond. Its core activities will address:

•    Environmentally friendly diversification of aquaculture
•    Aquaculture and wetlands restoration for sustainable exploitation
•    Species and ecosystem conservation in relation to coastal aquaculture


•    To promote diversification of the aquaculture sector industry by providing a greater and alternative production systems, including offshore systems.

•    To protect sensitive coastal environments through the development of novel integrated systems in sensitive wetlands and to minimise the impacts of aquaculture discharges through the use of wetlands as natural biofilters.

•    To assess the dangers associated with introduced aquaculture species using Pacific Oysters as a model.

Deliverables/Expected Outcomes:

The SEAFARE project will deliver market-ready solutions to industry. Activities such as commercial-scale trials with extensive sole farming will add further value to restoring and protecting natural marine heritage. The opportunities for environmentally sustainable aquaculture will also be enhanced through demonstrations of how to produce crops of the succulent delicacy marsh samphire using nutrients captured from fish farm effluent, and how to conduct hatchery rearing of threatened species. SEAFARE will actively foster multi-sector engagement. It will have a strong emphasis on dissemination and the involvement of local and regulatory authorities, industry representatives and environmental NGOs. Project events will bring together a wide selection of stakeholders to share information and promote an integrated, cross-sector approach and to transfer knowledge between centres and sectors.



•    Bangor University, Centre for Applied Research (UK) (Coordinator)•    INRB I.P., IPIMAR – Olhão; Portugal
•    Institut français de recherche pour l’exploitation de la mer (IFREMER), Laboratoire de Génétique et Pathologie; France
•    Instituto Andaluz de Investigación y Formación Agraria, Pesquera y de la Producción Ecológica (IFAPA); Spain
•    AquaTT; Ireland

Associated Partners:
•    Aquaculture and Fisheries Development Centre (AFDC); Ireland
•    Scottish Association for Marine Sciences (SAMS); UK
•    Université de Bretagne Occidentale (IUEM); France
•    Fitoplankton Marino; Spain
•    Pesquerías Isla Mayor S.A. (PIMSA); Spain
•    FORMOSA – Cooperativa de Viveirista da Ria Formosa – CRL; Portugal
•    Environment Agency Wales (EAW); UK
•    North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee (NWNWSFC); UK
•    The Marine Institute; Ireland

Download the Seafare project factsheet (PDF)