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Providing Advice On Farming In The Mediterranean

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NORWAY - Nofima is the only Norwegian research groups represented in the EU project AquaMed whose purpose is to develop a common strategy in Europe for future research and development of aquaculture in the Mediterranean.

The project is quite unique in that almost all European countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, contributing to the group.

The group includes North African countries in the region , such as Morocco , Algeria , Tunisia and Egypt , along with countries in the Middle East that Israel and Lebanon.

The project management wanted to have a Norwegian research community represented, Nofima was selected on the basis of the institute's research academic profile and the previous cooperation and coordination responsibilities for the project SUSTAINAQ.

Nofima to in this project participate in an advisory group that assists the coordinator and co- project managers.

The group will also ensure that other ongoing projects that are relevant to aquaculture in the Mediterranean countries are bound together for mutual benefit.

The project's goal is to stimulate cooperation and coordination in the long term - between politicians , aquaculture industries and research and development organizations in the region.

Knowledge-Based Development

It is of crucial importance for the aquaculture industry in the Mediterranean Sea , this is done in a sustainable way, especially with regard to environmental impact.

The aquaculture industry in the region are of varying importance, are developed in different degrees in terms of both technology and market. This is also reflected in research environments and research facilities.

AquaMed will contribute to a knowledge -based development of the aquaculture industry in which the various research partners with a common strategy.

The collaboration will allow the rationalization of research programs so that duplication and division are avoided and that R & D efforts can be coordinated across borders.

The French research institute IFREMER is the project coordinator on behalf of the european fisheries and aquaculture organization ( EFARO ).

AquaMed project is funded through the EU 7 Framework Programme.