Spain creates aquaculture network

SIX Spanish aquaculture companies have teamed up to create the Aquaculture Marine Experimentation Network (REMA), reported FIS today.
The group’s main aim is ‘to achieve solutions to scientific and technological challenges of the Spanish marine aquaculture industry’.
This new entity, legally constituted as a non-profit association, is one of the initiatives undertaken by the Business Association of Marine Aquaculture Producers of Spain (APROMAR) to ensure the sustainable future of the Spanish aquaculture.
The founding partners are Alevines of GuardamarAndromeda IbericaCulmarex, Cultivos Marinos de Guardamar, Grupo Tinamenor and Piscifactorías Albaladejo, and it is expected other corporations whose principal activity is marine aquaculture production will join.
Among other activities, REMA will focus on the development, promotion and encouragement of research, technological development and innovation in marine aquaculture.
It will also release the results and it will be a reference for information and documentation in research, development and innovation.
The network will take part in the calls for national and European projects, including vaccines, biocides, feed, new species, relation to the environment, equipment and technology, among others.
It plans to launch an experimental offshore aquaculture farm, which will be unique in the Mediterranean.
In this farm, research will be performed with scientific criteria but it will be operated as a production farm and with a commercial dimension.
Furthermore, REMA will maintain close synergies with institutes and public research centres that currently exist in Spain, both at national and regional level.
APROMAR manager, Javier Ojeda, explained the research that will promote this new NGO will not focus on a particular species.
REMA president will be Gustavo Larrazabal, current president of the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (EATIP) and president of Grupo Tinamenor.