The INTEGRATE partners have carried out a series of national workshops to bring together industry, academia and regulatory stakeholders to explain and discuss how IMTA can help the European Aquaculture industry in its aims to further development under an ecologically efficient framework.
The project partners who have implemented pilot actions, as described in previous newsletter, have also organised a series of hands-on visits for the groups targeted during the thematic workshops – allowing interested parties an opportunity to see IMTA in action on the ground and to discuss how IMTA can be practically integrated into the current aquaculture situation in each partner country. In some cases, it has been beneficial to hold the thematic workshops and living labs together in certain countries (i.e. AGROCAMPUS and CEVA held a major IMTA event in Rennes during May 2019, attracting nearly 200 attendees). Each of these events has proved useful in trying to disseminate the IMTA concept, as well as gathering feedback from the stakeholders that will make IMTA a success in the longer term. Most partners have used these events to garner formalized feedback from attendees by use of questionnaires and feedback forms, and where appropriate, this will be included in the formal outputs for each WP. The living lab visits made to partners with practical IMTA facilities has allowed key stakeholders to understand the practical aspects of IMTA, as well as a two-way discussion with the project partners about the view of attendees towards IMTA. It is hoped that the feedback provided in both packages will feed into the ongoing development process of IMTA.