INTEGRATE at the 5th Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference

INTEGRATE partners at ASPC 2018. from left to right: Adam Hughes (SAMS), Pierre Eyrolles (AGROCAMPUS-OUEST), Rui Pereira (ALGAPLUS), Clive Dove (CTAQUA), Marie Lesueur (AGORCAMPUS-OUEST)

The 2018 Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference (ASPC 2018) took place in Vigo, Spain on 23-24 October, focusing on youth employment in the maritime domain. Stakeholders from all across the Atlantic seaboard gathered to discuss how to provide opportunities to pursue careers in the maritime sector, how to obtain the necessary skills and embrace innovation without negatively affecting employment in the Atlantic area, while at the same time emphasising present opportunities for project development relevant to the Atlantic strategy and to the objectives of the Atlantic Action Plan.

IMTA is based on the simultaneous production of multiple species belonging to different links in the food chain. This approach to aquaculture fits the EU’s Blue Growth strategy, responding to the growing demand for aquaculture products while improving the industry’s environmental performance and creating new jobs that are appealing to young talent. IMTA can therefore be regarded as part of the solution to the environmental and social challenges that European aquaculture is currently facing.

Adam Hughes (SAMS) discusses the Scottish case study

At ASPC 2018 AGROCAMPUS-OUEST organised Workshop 4B “Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture: Challenges and opportunities for its development on the Atlantic Area”. WP 6 leader Pierre Eyrolles described how consultation with IMTA stakeholders had been implemented during the INTEGRATE case studies and how it has helped us understand national bottlenecks and levers to the development of IMTA in Atlantic Area countries. Pierre then moved on to discuss a selection of the French case studies, while Rui Pereira (ALGAPLUS) and Adam Hughes (SAMS) discussed the Portuguese and Scottish case studies.

INTEGRATE thanks the organisers of ASPC 2018 for their support of the project.

INTEGRATE at the 2018 Atlantic Area Annual Event

On 22 October 2018 INTEGRATE took part in the Atlantic Area annual event “Blue innovation: main engine for sustainable growth in the Atlantic Area” in Vigo, Spain.

The Atlantic Area Programme selected INTEGRATE amongst other projects funded under the 2016 call to put project materials on display at the exhibition area. We sincerely thank the organisers for the opportunity they gave us to showcase INTEGRATE to an audience of 200 experts from participating Atlantic sectors.


Agenda of the 2018 Atlantic Area Annual Event Agenda Atlantic Area Annual Event 2018

NUIG and ISC hosted an IMTA Economic Round-Table with Irish experts

Irish experts gathered at NUIG’s Human Biology Building on 5 December 2018 to discuss the economic bottlenecks and priority areas for the development of IMTA in Ireland.

Participating experts: Marine Institute, Údarás na Gaeltachta (state agency responsible for economic, social and cultural development of the Irish speaking regions) and DAFM (Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine), and also two key speakers with marine economics and agricultural tech/research commercialisation expertise (Stephen Hynes and Paul Flynn).

Programme: Project INTEGRATE_Programme 5th December_IMTA Economic workshop

INTEGRATE partners host second French IMTA round-table in Rennes

French experts dig their brains during the social round-table

CEVA and Agrocampus-Ouest hosted the second French round-table to discuss IMTA social issues on 14 November 2018 in Rennes. The event gathered 16 Atlantic Area stakeholders from academia, the aquaculture industry, relevant French authorities, environmental NGOs and public organisations supporting agricultural trade and industrial development.




The event was split up into three sessions:

  1. Presentations by stakeholders to set the playing ground by introducing some of the recent conflicts related to the implementation of French aquaculture projects.

    Wrap up session
  2. Round-table to discuss social issues around IMTA products
  3. Round-table to discuss the social implications of IMTA development


Sessions 2 and 3 were in turn subdivided into the following topics:

  1. Definition of social best practices concerning French Atlantic IMTA.
  2. Bottlenecks for the development of social best practices.
  3. Priority social areas for the development of French Atlantic IMTA.


Outcome of the discussions:

Session 2:

Promotion of IMTA, creation of an IMTA eco-label and the definition of IMTA’s environmental benefits were the main identified best practices.

Social bottlenecks are i) a non-understanding or even a bad concept of IMTA within local communities, ii) the need for quality standards to govern IMTA production, iii) the difficulties of setting up labels and iv) technical farming aspects coupled to social issues, e.g. ensuring local origin of farmed products, etc.

Priority areas for development are i) a definition of IMTA (scale of the concession, company or bay, etc.), ii) the demonstration of IMTA’s environmental benefits, iii) improvement of the aquaculture sector’s ability to communicate with wider audiences, iv) a clear definition of IMTA’s target market.


Session 3:

Environmental and economic sustainability, improved communication to wider audiences, empowering stakeholders through participatory processes to implement IMTA projects and a focus on regulations to enhance and facilitate the implementation of innovative farming systems were amongst the identified best practices for IMTA development in the French Atlantic Area.

Experts discussed the following as social bottlenecks for the development of IMTA: i) lack of knowledge of IMTA -farming techniques, farming environment, visibility of IMTA products in the marketplace, ii) inefficiency of certain national regulations and management tools governing IMTA, iii) low social acceptability.

The identified priority areas were i) the need for a definition of IMTA, ii) the promotion of IMTA and its products, iii) Skill building through education, training and cooperation, iv) the need for socio-economic impact assessments illustrate the profitability of IMTA systems.

CTAQUA launches video on land-based Atlantic IMTA

SAMS is leading the production of learning materials for our first online IMTA course. CTAQUA’s latest contribution is a video presentation of its land-based IMTA pilot in the southwest of Spain. Check out the video to learn more about the development of sustainable aquaculture techniques in the Atlantic Area.

INTEGRATE’s pilot actions deliver promising partial results

The Irish Seaweed Consultancy have been following the growth and fertility of Himanthalia elongata plants on the shore. In 2018, plants and conceptacles were measured monthly. From early summer, males and females could be differentiated by eye under the microscope. In August, ISC were successful in having eggs & sperm released onto Petri dishes. They are now in the process of repeating the release every two weeks and following the % success of each release.