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


The INTEGRATE partnership consists of 8 core partners and 11 associated partners from the five Atlantic Area Members States (Portugal, Spain, France, Ireland and United Kingdom), led by the Spanish aquaculture research organisation CTAQUA.

Project Coordinator                                      Martha Bonnet Dunbar




CTAQUA is the Andalusian Aquaculture Technology Centre, a private non-profit organisation committed to providing RTDI solutions tailored to the needs of the aquaculture and seafood industries. It is conveniently located in the El Puerto de Santa María, at the heart of the Spanish Atlantic aquaculture sector.

Through its support of research and innovation, CTAQUA has become a strategic partner in European, regional and national projects across a broad range of funding programmes (H2020, FP7, Interreg, etc.).

Established for 180 years in the heart of Europe’s leading agricultural and agri-food area, AGROCAMPUS OUEST is a Grande école, or ‘elite public university-level college’, for life and environmental sciences and technologies. Offering an impressive potential unrivalled elsewhere in France for training and research in areas ranging from food production to lanscape architecture

AGROCAMPUS OUEST has a triple vocation:

  • training students to a high scientific level, enabling them to respond in an innovative and responsible manner to current issues in life sciences (three training cycles: Master, MSc in Engineering, PhD)
  • conducting academic and applied research based on the sustainable development of resources and territories, in close partnership with national and international research organisations
  • transferring knowledge to the socio-economic sector, following 5 thematic areas:
    – Vegetal, Animal, Systems
    – Environmental issues – resources, territory and city
    – Fisheries, sea and coast
    – Food
    – Landscaping.
ALGAplus produces customized seaweed and seaweed-based products for the food and well-being markets. Bathed in a saltwater lagoon with an area of 14,000 hectares, with recognized ecological value, our sustainable land-based seaweed system is located within a fish farm of high quality sea bass and sea bream.

Our main innovation lays in this IMTA system, that allow us to continuously provide Atlantic seaweed with high levels of quality, security and traceability, offering unique and customized solutions to our customer’s needs.

An example of that is the production of protein-enriched sea lettuce (Ulva rigida) achieved only by optimizing the natural factors that impact the seaweed’s development and chemical composition. Our products under the brands ALGA+®, Tok de Mar ® and Sea Originals are organic certified and the solution for businesses seeking a natural and healthy ingredient and products assured with quality, traceability, organic certification, stability of supply and small carbon-foot print.

The CEVA (Algae study and promotion Center) is a technical and scientific center, labelled Agro-Industrial Technical Institute (ITAI) by the French Ministry of Agriculture.

The two main objectives of CEVA are: 1/ to help/support local authorities dealing with opportunistic algae and 2/ to promote seaweed industry in France and abroad.

CEVA gathers under one roof all skills and tools required for the sustainable development of algal industry, spanning from natural resources monitoring and algal biology research to production, characterization and processing.

We also provide training and consulting, as well as analytical and toll-production services. In addition, CEVA participates in public and collaborative research and innovation projects at the national, European and global level.

IPMA is a public research institute devoted to carry out research, technological development, innovation, services and dissemination activities on sea and atmosphere, including sustainable exploitation of marine resources as well as on production, upgrading and processing of high quality seafood products.

IPMA acts as counsellor to the national authorities on aquaculture, fisheries, fishing industry and fishery organisations. The research division involved in the proposal is the Division of Aquaculture and Upgrading (DivAV), Olhão Aquaculture Research Station (EPPO) that carries out research and technological development on the production of species with potential value for the Portuguese aquaculture industry and on aquaculture/environment interactions, being equipped to carry out production studies at every scale from bench-top laboratory work to a much larger semi-industrial level (e.g. marine fish hatcheries, earth ponds, offshore facilities and research vessels).

The Irish Seaweed Consultancy is the only environmental consultancy in Ireland specialising in phycology, the study of algae. The participation of ISC in INTEGRATE, brings key knowledge and experience on cultivation, biomass assessments, and training services. The ISC members have developed manuals on macroalgal cultivation and outreach material widely distributed.
SAMS is one of the oldest marine research institutions in the world (established 1884) and is a centre of excellence for the study, education and promotion of marine science.

SAMS research has contributed to the societal understanding of the marine environment in subjects as diverse as: biological oceanography, coastal and fjordic marine environments, physics, biogeochemistry.

In addition, within the last decade SAMS has led with significant contributions to fisheries and aquaculture policy and research. Although primarily a research Institute, SAMS now has a strong educational and policy development role.

SAMS teaches a Bachelor’s undergraduate degree in Marine Science and has a strong post-graduate school, and has a long established relationship with statutory regulatory partners such as the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and Argyll and Bute Council Marine Planning Department.

The Ryan Institute is a multi-disciplinary research and teaching institute, focusing on issues in the fields of environment, energy and food security, economic resilience, and social cohesion.

It is spread over two main buildings on the NUI Galway Campus – the Orbsen Building and the Martin Ryan Building – and three off-campus facilities – the Mace Head Atmospheric Research Station, the Carna Research Station, and the Máirín de Valéra Carron Field Research Station.

These facilities provide an essential platform for effective terrestrial, marine, and atmospheric studies. Our location near the North Atlantic Ocean is a strong driver of the research priorities within the Institute. Our emphasis is on:

  • understanding and prediction of climate, ecological, terrestrial and marine system changes,
  • innovation in energy-efficient technologies and bioenergy,
  • R&D in aquaculture, fisheries, offshore renewable energy resources and biodiscovery,
  • development of technologies for monitoring, modelling and mitigation of environmental pressures, and
  • provision of scientific and technical information to guide socioeconomic and policy decisions.


Associated partners


Région Bretagne: Service pêche et aquaculture
Moinho dos Ilhéus
Comité Régional de la Conchyliculture Bretagne-Nord
Asociación de Empresas de Acuicultura Marina de Andalucía
Comité Régional Conchylicole de Bretagne-Sud
BIM, Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency
Indigo Rock Marine Station
Plataforma Tecnológica Española de la Pesca y la Acuicultura
Zero Waste Scotland
Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre
Secretaría General de Pesca (Ministerio de Agricultura y Pesca, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente)