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




The INTEGRATE partnership consists of 12 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.

The project started with 8 partners, although NUI Galway Campus, SAMS and ALGAplus will not continue in the extension phase of the project. However, 4 more partners will be involved: Bangor university, the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, GreenCoLab platform and the University of the Algarve.

Period                                             2017-2020                                                Extension

Project Coordinator                     Martha Bonnet Dunbar                           Erik-jan Malta




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.).

GreenCoLab – Associação Oceano Verde is a non-profit private organization and a collaborative platform between research and industry, whose research & innovation agenda is based on the exploration of micro- and macroalgae. GreenCoLab is composed of one research centre (Centre of Marine Sciences – CCMAR), one state laboratory (National Laboratory of Energy and Geology – LNEG), one university (University of Aveiro) and four companies, namely Allmicroalgae, Necton, Algaplus and Sparos, with the common goal of advancing the R&D on algae biotechnology. The GreenCoLab’s multidisciplinary team covers expertise across the whole algae value chain; from the lab to large scale production, strain optimization, scale-up, harvesting, biorefining to commercialization.

In the INTEGRATE II, GreenCoLab will lead the WP5 to assess the IMTA’s environmental contribution. It will perform a Life Cycle Assessment of the IMTA system at Alga+ facility and will propose a strategy for an IMTA eco-label standard.

The University of Algarve (UAlg) is a young university with 40 years old. UAlg is a Portuguese public higher education institution located in the southernmost region of Portugal, the Algarve, in the touristic city of Faro.  UAlg has teaching and research as its core activities in different scientific areas: science and technology, management and economy, earth and marine sciences, social sciences and more recently health. UAlg has recently been included in three prestigious world universities ranking, that strength the research competence of our academia, namely Times higher education, Best global Universities and Academic Ranking of World universities within the Oceanography, Ecology and Tourism Management subjects.

The scientific groundwork of UAlg along with all international cooperation projects and research work aim at developing innovative ideas that contribute to the excellence of the University.  Our research centres are funded by our national research foundation (FCT), but most of them receive also funds from other sources, namely Horizon 2020 program. We have 8 research centres and the most relevant contributors to our international dimension and scientific production are marine sciences related subjects. UAlg is also coordinating an entrepreneurship center (CRIA), with different partners from industry.

The aquaculture research group from the ECOAQUA Institute of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) has extensive and proven experience in R & D + i for aquaculture aspects.
Scientists of the Aquaculture Research Group have acquired extensive international experience from relevant projects enabling them to apply their skills in the following thematic areas:
• Improved Nutrition and Feeding of cultured organisms: design and testing of diets and ingredients, and impact of nutrition on quality of the final product and welfare of cultured organisms.
• Development of Culture Techniques for new aquaculture species: species of high interest for the diversification of the aquaculture production and for resseeding purposes.
• New Larval Culture Techniques. Development and standardisation of larval production processes. Larval quality improvement.
Moreover the ULPGC facilities located at the Marine Scientific and Technological Park, of the FCPCT-ULPGC, are designed to perform research and technological transfer activities and are recognised as leading European aquaculture research facilities that allow transnational access of researchers.

Founded in 1884, Bangor University is home to approximately 10,000 students and our teaching and research is grouped into nine academic Schools. Bangor University’s pioneering and impact-driven research is tackling some of the biggest questions facing the world today.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, published in 2022, recognises that 85% of Bangor University’s research is either world-leading or internationally excellent.

With a research and innovation vision to be a global centre of excellence in sustainability, the University takes a distinctive and holistic approach to sustainability that resonates with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act (Wales).

As a research-intensive institution we prioritise investment in interdisciplinary research that has existing or emerging scale, is aligned with sustainability, and addresses challenging global questions. This translates into research-led teaching reflecting the role of universities in creating new knowledge.

We have a strong record in knowledge exchange between researchers and stakeholders in the areas of policy, practice and enterprise, which has led to our research having a high level of impact.

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)