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

INTEGRATE project final results webinar

In its final implementation phase, the INTEGRATE project “Integrated Aquaculture, an eco-innovative solution for sustainability in the Atlantic Area”, hosted a virtual event on June 18th in order to present its final results, the main aim of which was to share all the knowledge generated throughout the project with all interested stakeholders (industry, media, potential beneficiaries). To this end, the programme (available here) involved the eight organisations from the five countries forming the consortium. Together with CTAQUA (Spain), the project leader, the INTEGRATE partners are the research institute Agrocampus Ouest (France), the Scottish Association for Marine Science (United Kingdom), the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (Portugal), the National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland), the Irish Seaweed Consultancy (Ireland), ALGAplus (Portugal), and the Algae Innovation and Technology Centre (France).

Throughout the project duration the INTEGRATE work plan has addressed the capitalisation of existing and new IMTA knowledge, the definition of IMTA best practices, the environmental efficiency of IMTA systems and the definition of a medium-long term strategy for the implementation of IMTA in the European Atlantic Area. The dissemination of the project results and the dissemination among the end-users and the general public are key to the success of the project, and the main reason for organizing this webinar, hosted by Martha Bonnet Dunbar, project coordinator (CTAQUA), together with Erik-Jan Malta (CTAQUA).
In the webinar, divided into sessions, the activities developed within the framework of the project were discussed, as well as the definition of IMTA and its perception both in the Atlantic Area and worldwide. The results of the pilot actions developed by INTEGRATE were also released. The project had eight case studies distributed in three pilot actions in Spain, Portugal, France, and Ireland to develop specific technology and production processes for Atlantic IMTA. The results of this work are useful not only at a production level, but also at a legislative and environmental level. The final session of the event was devoted to the future perspectives of IMTA in the Atlantic Area, the importance of knowledge transfer, and the definition of a framework for the development of IMTA.