INTEGRATE fosters cooperation for industrial transition towards Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) in the Atlantic Area

INTEGRATE implements new project actions

As the INTEGRATE work plan unfolds, 2019 has brought us the implementation of new project actions in Work Packages 3 and 6.

WP 3 Capitalization

WP 3 leader SAMS is leading the organisation of a series of workshops to look at eco-efficient innovative technology for aquaculture in each of the Atlantic Area countries (Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Portugal and Spain). These will be one-day events targeting industry and research professionals and they are likely to tie in with living labs where relevant partners will be demonstrating their IMTA pilot actions to interested parties.

Workshops will focus on the circular economy aspect of IMTA and its potential to change the environmental footprint of aquaculture in the Atlantic regions where the project is being implemented.

Finally, INTEGRATE partners have also started to collect inputs for policy documents covering each of the five Atlantic Area countries. These will outline the regulatory situation IMTA faces in the larger aquaculture framework. We envisage this being used by each partner as a policy briefing with their governmental regulators, both to address bottlenecks to development, and to raise the profile and potential of IMTA in each country.


WP 6 Defining a framework for IMTA development: Action plan for the Atlantic Area

New WP 6 actions entail the diagnosis of the regulation environment affecting IMTA in each of the Atlantic Area countries. Partners are working on SWOT matrices to assess technical, environmental, social and economic aspects related to IMTA development in each country. WP 6 leader Agrocampus Ouest is processing the results to highlight the main challenges that need to be overcome in order to flesh out IMTA development in the Atlantic Area.

Agrocampus Ouest is engaged in producing a set of indicators to assess Atlantic Area countries’ IMTA regulation environments.

WP 6 concludes with partners drawing up a strategy and an attached action plan for the development of IMTA in the Atlantic Area. This includes:

  • The main challenges that IMTA development faces in terms of aquaculture sustainability;
  • An overview of the current situation of IMTA in the Atlantic Area resulting from the outcomes of WP 6 actions 1 & 2, i.e. map of IMTA in the Atlantic Area, identification of levers and bottlenecks to IMTA development and assessment of stakeholder attitudes;
  • The main challenges to be overcome by IMTA practitioners with recommendations and propositions to improve the current situation, as well as suggestions for partnerships to set-up these propositions;
  • A set of conclusions highlighting the priority research lines and the partners that need to be involved in order to carry out the proposed action plan.

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Charming Porto to host INTEGRATE IMTA Definition event

INTEGRATE national expert groups have identified the need for a European consensus definition of IMTA to help pave the way towards the commercial upscaling of IMTA in the Atlantic Area.

We have set out to organise an IMTA definition event with European and relevant international institutions which is due to take place on the 9th of May 2019. The Interreg Atlantic Area Managing Authority, Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento do Norte, will be hosting the event at its headquarters in the charming Portuguese city of Porto.

The European Commission has included INTEGRATE’s IMTA definition event in the list of European Maritime Day In My Country Events 2019

INTEGRATE partners are currently contacting IMTA experts from the Atlantic Area countries (Spain, Portugal, France, United Kingdom, Ireland) to invite them to join us for the discussions in Porto.

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French IMTA day coming up

Agrocampus Ouest and CEVA have teamed up with relevant French partners (INRA – National Agronomical Research Institute, and ITAVI – Technical Institute for Fish and Poultry Production) to organise an event in Rennes on 15-16 May 2019 with the aim of discussing the roll-out of the INTEGRATE action plan to support the future development of IMTA in France.

The event will be split into 3 main plenary sessions focusing on the presentation of IMTA:

  • In the open sea
  • In land-based systems

European colleagues involved in IMTA projects will share their experience and their vision for IMTA development with participants.

The programme also includes 3 workshops where participants will discuss:

  • The evolution of the regulatory framework according to new aquaculture practice
  • Ecosystem services provided by aquaculture
  • The INTEGRATE action plan for IMTA development

The workshops have been designed to provide a suitable environment to discuss the INTEGRATE strategy for the development of IMTA in the Atlantic Area and its attached action plan and deliver meaningful outcomes to help drive its implementation stage in france. French stakeholders (industry, academia, professional organisations, administrations, etc.) attending the event will be given the chance to make suggestions and comment on the action plan, thus delivering on the INTEGRATE participatory approach to the completion of Work Package 6.

NUIG and ISC host Irish IMTA Environmental and Social roundtables

INTEGRATE partners NUIG and ISC will lead discussions with Irish experts on the topic of IMTA and its environmental and social implications on 7 and 8 February 2019.

Roundtable agenda: Project INTEGRATE_IMTA Environmental and Social workshop


The first WP 3 learning materials are now available

WP 3 learning materials: presentation of IMTA

SAMS has been coordinating WP3, Capitalization. The aim of this work package is to collect, refine the collective experience gained from the INTEGRATE project, and disseminate this material to as wide a range of interested parties as possible. One of the keys to this WP will be the teaching materials section. While IMTA as a subject attracts much interest worldwide, there is often a lack of practical material available to interested parties who wish to learn more about the subject.

We aim to address this, along with our INTEGRATE partners, by creating a series of teaching materials in several formats that will explore IMTA as a subject. Each partner will produce a series of lectures, short films or other teaching material that explains the state of IMTA in their country. In addition, they will also offer practical advice on technical aspects of IMTA, either from their pilot actions, or from other commercial partners in their region.

These teaching materials will be hosted on a dedicated section of the INTEGRATE website, about to go live, that will offer the easiest access for all interested in IMTA. We hope that these materials will be of use to a wide spectrum of users, be they from the aquaculture industry, academia, or the business world. New material will be added to the portal as the INTEGRATE project progresses.