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Welcome to Georges ! :



Georges holds a master's degree in "Oceanography and Marine Environments", from the UPMC, in Paris. His career is mainly oriented towards research on marine themes. Indeed, through his experiences at the University of Caen, at the oceanographic laboratory of Villefranche-sur-Mer and at the University of Moncton, Georges studied the cycle of organic matter in the marine environment. It is essential for him to monitor scientific and bibliographical data in order to carry out his studies (not to go back on research already carried out, to raise new questions...). Georges brings to the pole a "research" vision, knowledge of the marine environment, updated skills and an unfailing curiosity!

Do not hesitate to contact Georges!

The TEFIBIO project financed ! :






The TEFIBIO project was awarded the Pole's label in October 2019 and supported by the Picardy Estuaries and Opal Sea Natural Marine Park in partnership with the FROM Nord. This project was selected for FEAMP 39 measure innovation title!  TEFIBIO aims to define, test and promote fishing nets that are dubbed "sustainable".  Indeed, these new prototypes of fishing nets will attempt to take into account an economic dimension (recyclable and bio-sourced product) and an environmental dimension (biodegradability in the marine environment).

The project concerns:
The definition and design of trammel-type fishing nets (or "sole nets"), using biodegradable, bio-sourced, recyclable materials and without the production of microplastics;
- Testing the net during experimental tides to assess its fishing capacity and technical constraints;
- The study of the recycling of waste from these biodegradable nets (industrial compost);
- The potential subsequent marketing of these nets.

This project is jointly financed by FEAMP and France Filière Pêche (France Fishing Sector).

3 questions for Maxime Petit from Amélie Maison d'Huitres (House of Oysters) :



What is the nature of your business?

Amélie Maison d'Huitres is a brand of high-end oysters, whose products come from the Charente-Maritimes region. Retailing is done without intermediaries, directly to the restaurant operators. The brand also manages its own points of sale, in the form of corners, patio diners or restaurants, of which Place de la Madeleine is an international flagship. The brand is currently present on the main European markets (France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, etc.) and plans to conquer the Asian and American continents in the near future.

For whom are your products/services intended?

Our main retail channels are high-end restaurants and hotels. We also have customers among certain retail chains with fishmongers or "gourmet" departments, and certain event companies who request our catering services (provision of equipment and staff for the opening of the oysters). Finally, our products are also intended for final consumers through our sales outlets.

In what way are innovations and research important for your sector of business?

From a production point of view, innovation and research are becoming increasingly important in order to meet the growing demand for quality and the need to limit production costs, particularly in response to the ever-increasing mortality rate. Many oyster farmers are looking for innovative techniques to improve their production methods, both from quality and quantity points of view. The first technology that appeared nearly 20 years ago is the Seapa baskets, which allow oysters to benefit from the movement of currents, replacing human labour in order to make the shells more resistant and regular in shape.

3 questions for Jean Baptiste Drevet from EEL Energy :

What is the nature of your business?

Eel energy is developing an innovative water-turbine technology with "biometric" inspiration, based on the concept of rippling membrane. . This water turbine is well suited to isolated locations at sea or in a river with medium hydropower currents. Site:

For whom are your products/services intended?

Our technology is an electric product equipment intended for aquaculture farms, small-scale processing industries, hotels, and villages.

Water turbine energy is predictable, reliable, and available all over the world. Moreover, marine currents are often near aquaculture sites.

The Aquimer Pole is helping us for the aquaculture applications. This sector is moving toward higher and higher environmentally-friendly standards, with electric production based on local and renewable sources.

In what way are innovation and research important for your sector of business?

The water turbine sector is only emerging still, access to resources is more difficult than it is for other types of renewable energy. It is necessary to find new technological solutions to remove technical obstacles related to access to this resource. The Aquimer Pole enables us to have access to scientific programs in this domain, it allows us to access trial sites over the Hautes-de-France region. Aquimer also introduced us to international players in this field, matching very well our market target.

3 questions for Emilie Pasero from Microbia Environnement :



What is the nature of your business?

Microbia Environnement is a young company specialized in marketing innovating biotechnological solutions to respond to health issues related to water quality.

Our solutions are based on faster and early detection of proliferation of toxic micro-organisms in water using highly-specialized bio-sensors. This breakthrough technology allows for obtaining results within 3 hours from receiving the water sample and to obtain proliferation trends over a given period of monitoring: it is a matter of "proliferation forecast". Today, we work in the form of service provision and we are simultaneously concentrating on developing a kit by 2021, that will allow shellfish farmers to perform such analyses within their nearby labs and to be autonomous on this monitoring operation.

For whom are your products / services intended?

We dedicate a major part of our business to the sector of shellfish farming, by offering researched services to help the professionals plan ahead for risks of toxic contamination (DSP, ASP, PSP) of shellfish that are directly related to proliferation of toxic micro algae, among which is the genus Dinophysis and Alexandrium

In what way are innovation and research important for your sector of business?

Innovation is essential to our business because our bio-sensors are part of the breakthrough technologies, that innovate and revolutionize acquisition of useful data in the sector of shellfish farming.

Research was of great importance during the phase of development of our bio-sensors, in order to optimize the tool on the field. This phase has also enabled us to dialogue with the producers and to adjust our services in order to respond better to their needs. It maintains its position in our business as we offer, among our services, development of custom-made bio-sensors.

And finally, research makes innovation possible, and innovation requires cooperation, and dialogues to materialize and to benefit the largest number, this is why we are glad to be part of the Aquimer Pole which allows us, we hope, to make great encounters relating to the current shellfish solutions.

European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Information Day :












The Executive Agency for SMEs organised a European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Information Day on November 25th, 2019 at Albert Borschette Congress Center, in Brussels.

The "Blue Economy Window" call, under which a total budget of € 22.5 million is available, was presented. Under this call, organisations can get between €700,000 and €2,500,000 for their projects. Any for-profit SME based in the EU (single participant or a member of a consortium) can apply. As a reminder, the deadline for application is the 27th of February 2020.

The Information Day was also an opportunity take advantage of the match-making session, meet our several European stakeholders which might be potential partners of future European projects.

WSENSE, an EMFF funded company, presented their successful Archeosub project and shared their experience on how to make the most of EU funding.

Aquaponics: a new method for sustainable production :



Key players in the area of aquaponics met on Thursday the 21st of November 2019 in Brussels to participate in a workshop entitled "Capitalizing on aquaponics: associating aquaculture and vegetal production", organised within the framework of a programme launched by the Hauts-de-France region and named Crossroads of Research and Innovation.  This enthusiastic encounter presented aquaponics as a VERY promising production technique.With all the presentations, exchanges within the hall, experience feedback and visits, the participants enjoyed a complete workshop dedicated to this theme. In fact, the day started with an introduction to the fundamental principles of  aquaponics (ITAVI), followed by the presentation of the project SMART AQUAPONICS, whose target is to develop digital tools for the purposes of aquaponics systems, then the presentation of project financing and consumer views. Next, the leaders of projects and the directors of Agriloops, of La Ferme Intégrale and the Echo Village shared their own experiences (methodology, financing, production, budget…) at a round table that was rich in exchanges with the public. In a friendly atmosphere, they responded to all the questions asked within the hall. The exchanges continued on from there over valorisation of aquaponics among consumers via information labels, quality labels or certification.

In the afternoon, Steven BECKERS gave a presentation on the  ferme urbaine aquaponique BIGH (aquaponics farm), of which he is the founder. It was with great interest that the participants found out more about (and tasted!) aromatic herbs, tomatoes and striped bass produced in a closed circuit!

Thanks go to the contributors Aurélien TOCQUEVILLE, Pierre RAULIER, Doriane STAGNOL, Jérémie COGNARD, Gabriel FAYSSE, Guillaume DEKONINCK and Steven BECKERS, as well as all the participants for the success we had on this wonderful workday.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Doriane Stagnol!

SMEs and start-ups : Europe, not even afraid ! :

On Wednesday, November 20, 2019 the French Hauts-de-France region organised, in collaboration with AQUIMER, an event aiming to raise awareness among French SMEs and Start-ups of both European funding opportunities and actual benefits from R&I projects. The event was held in the premises of the International Chamber of Commerce in Lille and a hundred participants, including 50 companies, participated in this meeting. Our European Project Manager, Margherita Vece, spoke in the “partnerships workshop” and shared her experience with the audience. Other than that, different opportunities were clearly presented, the need for engaging in R&I activities was stressed, and private F2F meetings were organised with Pascal Formisyn, the H2020 National Contact Person for SMEs.

SEAFOODTOMORROW: advances in the project! :



On the 5th and 6th of November 2019, we participated in the steering committee meeting of the H2020 project: SEAFOODTOMORROW As a reminder, this project aims at developing nutritious, health and sustainable aquatic products for consumers. ZOOM into project advances:

- reduction of salt in the fish pâté and smoked salmon:

At this phase, reduction of salt (replaced by an innovative substitute, has been accomplished to differing percentages and does not seem to alter microbiological and sensory properties of the pâté. Test are ongoing with consumers in Belgium, Hungary and Italy. For the smoked salmon, the various tests have shown, for the time being, that it is difficult to reduce the use of salt below 25%.

- Recipes for the target populations (seniors, pregnant women, children):

Last July, 6 recipes were selected following a European competition organized by the European hotel schools.

Recipes for seniors

- Mussels soup (University of Kristianstad, Sweden)

- Whiting fishballs, vegetables and marinara sauce (Basque Culinary Center, Spain)

Recipes for preganant women

- Common Dab, wheat salad (University of Kristianstad, Sweden)

Fish rolls (University of Kristianstad, Sweden)

Recipes for children:

- Carp sausage, broccoli and carrots (Hotel school of Szczecin, Poland).

- Pout fishballs with quinoa, mashed sweet potatoes and banana, and banana chips (Marseille, France)

A e-book of recipes will be published in the coming months.


The system of traceability for aquatic products has been finalized. This tool works in connection with internal software of companies along the chain of work from production to consumption of aquatic products. It is based on a system of continuous data collection. The consumer will have access to the product traceability via a QR code.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Julie Mancini!

Meeting of the French EATIP mirror platform :


The 2nd EATIP mirror platform meeting organised by AQUIMER on November 7th, 2019 was hosted by the France’s National Committee on Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture on its premises in Paris.

Being responsible for representing the French aquaculture sector in EATIP, AQUIMER presented EATIP activities’ progress and asked for inputs from the French sector in order to better represent its interests at the EU level through EATIP’s activities.

This second day was also the occasion to report on Aquaculture Europe 2019. The focus was on the key trends and issues addressed at the event, the EATIP Position Paper which was presented to the EU in Berlin, the Copernicus workshops and upcoming funding opportunities for the sector.

In the afternoon Henning Lebius from CEA presented KETMaritime, an Interreg Atlantic Area project on KET technologies for the maritime industry. Jorge Alexandre Vieira from UNDERSEE et Charlotte Dupont from BIOCEANOR made meaningful presentations illustrating their application of KET technologies in the aquaculture sector.

3 questions for Charles Delannoy from Procidys :

What is the nature of your business?

PROCIDYS, of member the AQUIMER Pole, is a food-agriculture research and studies company, specialized in highlighting co-products and refining biotechnological processes. We are a teams of 4 engineers and we develop processes for our clients that enable them to raise value from co-products or biomass such as co-products of fish, algae, greens, insects, as well as the by-products of cereals and fruits. We assist our clients starting with the brainstorming phase, the adjustment of the process in the lab phase, until trials in the pilot phase and industrial implementation of the process, while evaluating the project profitability and the business plan throughout the study. 

For whom are your products/services intended?

Out assistance and know-how are intended for industrial companies that generate, within the framework of their business, no-value by-products for which they wish to add value. We help them think over various possible added-value option in the various domains and applications such as human food, health ingredients, cosmetics, animal food, or fertilization.

In what way are innovation and research important for your sector of business?

Innovation and research are at the heart of our business and are very often a common thread in our projects. Our clients often want us to bring them new ideas for developing products with innovating, high-performance processes. By implementing recent, yet well mastered, techniques we allow them to set themselves apart from their competitors and to have competitive production costs, and even patent processes. We are, furthermore, approved by the Crédit Impôt Recherche (research tax credit) and we work jointly with our technical centers and the competitiveness group of Aquimer to develop innovations and new know-hows.

Meeting of the EATIP mirror platforms :

As a French mirror platform, AQUIMER participated in the meeting of EATIP mirror platforms on October 10 in Berlin. The meeting brought together 10 European regions as well as the European Union, which was able to participate as an observer in the exchanges (presence of Marta Iglesias and Miguel Lizaso of the Research and Innovation GD of the European Commission).

The exchanges focused on good practices of mirror platforms with their network, the opportunities for thematic groups of EATIP to have a central role in the implementation of Position Paper (EATIP strategic memorandum) and on the individual participation of mirror platforms in European EATIP projects.

European encounter for the sectors of aquaculture and innovation :


From the 7th to the 10th of October 2019, the AQUIMER team participated in the Europe Aquaculture Congress in Berlin. Around the subject of “Our future – water, source of life and culture”, the event was set to address the potential held by aquaculture for tomorrow's society (sustainable development). The congress gathered more than 2700 participants from 85 countries, 150 exhibitors, 800 presentations and 400 posters on themes related to aquaculture (projects, companies, regulations, technologies, research, ....).

Within the framework of this event, we have namely participated in the Innovation Forum. Twelve new innovating companies were able to present their own « business models » over two sessions: «Technology» and «Production». Among the selected companies, we are proud to say there were Microbia Environnement and Inalve, both members of our Pole!  The presentations were evaluated by experts to designate a winner per session: Inalve was named the winner of the «Technology» session.

On the 9th of October, within the framework of this congress, we also participated in a workday on aquaculture with low trophic level (organised jointly by the European Union and the EATIP). This workday enabled us to introduce the project entitled H2020 SEAFOODTOMORROW in which AQUIMER is a partner, and to highlight the Position Paper, a strategic memorandum (on which AQUIMER has worked) indicating the recommendations of the aquaculture sector intended for the European Union for the next financing program for research and innovation.

3 questions for Samuel Dupont from Biocéanor :





What is the nature of your business?

Bioceanor is an innovative startup, based in Sophia-Antipolis, which develops products and services for the aquaculture sector. Since 2018, we have been marketing the first connected underwater weather station equipped with artificial intelligence. These innovations enable fish farmers to measure water quality in their farms in real time and by prediction. The underwater weather station is capable of measuring up to 17 water quality parameters, such as dissolved oxygen, temperature, pH, salinity and chlorophyll A. The devices can be electronic systems to be attached directly to aquaculture cages (AquaBOX) or connected buoys (AquaBUOY). These data are sent in real time to the AquaREAL viewing portal (1 measurement every 10 to 20 minutes). The farm operator can then have a one-click view of the situation in his ponds.

For whom are your products/services intended?

The aquaculture market is Bioceanor's number one priority. Our aim is to adapt to all fish farmers, from small farms to large structures. Beyond aquaculture, our products and services are aimed at different types of markets: environmental monitoring, ports, lakes, rivers and in all aquatic environments. Since 2018, our products have been helping to monitor coral reefs in French Polynesia to allow a better understanding of global warming. In the coming months, our innovations will be deployed with communities to monitor marine pollution on coastal beaches.

In what way are innovation and research important for your sector of business?

In order to better understand the global aquaculture market, Bioceanor is involved in many R&D processes. Within the Horizon2020 iFIShienCi  project, Bioceanor brings its expertise on data processing for process improvement in aquaculture farms. The French Ministry of Higher Education and Research has recently supported Bioceanor's R&D project through the prestigious i-LAB competition. This funding will enable Bioceanor to complete its R&D phase on predictive tools. Bioceanor wishes to be part of innovation and thus continues to implement new tools, innovative and adapted to the world of aquaculture.

European Research and Innovation Days :

The European Commission’s Research & Innovation Directorate-General held the EU R&I days on the 24th to 26th September at the KANAL-Centre Pompidou, Brussels. The event hosted a high-level Policy Conferences, an Innovative Europe Hub and the ‘Science is Wonderful!’ open exhibition.

3,000 participants joined the event, notably world leaders from industry, finance and academia, with the aim to debate and shape the future research and innovation landscape, Horizon Europe. Beginning in 2021, Horizon Europe will succeed to the current R&I framework programme, Horizon 2020.

Overall, the event managed to set an overview of the main challenges that Europe is facing. Among others, these topics were addressed: the use of systemic solutions for the prevention, reduction, mitigation and removal of marine pollution; the transition to a circular and blue economy; public awareness raising; the development of new materials; urban, coastal and maritime spatial planning.

3 questions for Gabriel Faysse from La Ferme intégrale! :

What is the nature of your business?

We develop large scale aquaponic units, whose dimensions are  adapted to the city we are addressing. We are building our first demo in 2020 in the Drome area. 

For whom are your products/services intended?

We produce fish and leafy vegetables for sale in local markets to caterers/restaurants, private individuals and collective catering in close collaboration with the towns that host our project. 

In what way are innovation and research important for your sector of business?   

Aquaponics, although practiced worldwide on different scales, has not yet crossed the barrier of profitability on a large scale in France: operational costs must be kept under control through innovations in energy management, monitoring, development of dedicated equipment and substrates.

3 questions for Maxence Huyghe, Living Lab Project Manager - Nausicaa :

What is the nature of your business?

In 2019, NAUSICAA Centre National de la Mer (National Sea Center), launched the Blue Living Lab. A Living Lab is an open innovation platform bringing together heterogeneous actors around the same project to code together new products and services. The mission of the Blue Living Lab is to bring together entrepreneurs, industrialists, consumers/users, researchers and political decision-makers to designate jointly innovative solutions inspired by the Ocean, using the Ocean's resources in a more sustainable way or allowing a better knowledge of the Ocean, and to share this knowledge. This innovative approach is part of NAUSICAA's mission for the emergence of a Blue Society: to sustainably use the Ocean and its resources to meet the present and future needs of our society.

Concretely, the main idea of the Blue Living Lab is to present and compare its idea with partners having a different vision, in particular NAUSICAA's visitors, who are also consumers and users. Experimenting one's project within the Blue Living Lab allows to get precious feedbacks from the visitors to improve the product/service and to make sure that it matches real needs. To go further, project leaders can include visitors early in the innovation process and throughout it in order to innovate jointly.

For whom are your products/services intended?

The Blue Living Lab's approach is aimed at any innovative project promoting the emergence of the Blue Society. These projects are initiatives external to NAUSICAA and can be carried out by startups, industrialists, researchers, associations, local authorities ... in short, by any citizen wishing to contribute to the Blue Society. A call for projects will be launched this summer to select the project leaders to support. The projects must present three fundamental criteria:

-The link with the Blue Society

-A high degree of innovation

-A positive impact on the environment and the territory






In what way are innovation and research important for your sector of business?

Innovation and research are an integral part of the process. The Blue Living Lab is in itself an innovative method to respond to social challenges by integrating all the people and organizations concerned. The final objective is to imagine innovative products or services by bringing together around the same issue stakeholders who would not spontaneously work together. These new collaborations bring out original and creative ideas, more difficult to generate in a traditional work organization.

The Blue Living Lab is also the only Living Lab, or innovation platform, in Europe dedicated to the Blue Society. It aims to be the benchmark in supporting innovative projects using sustainable resources from the ocean to meet the challenges of our society.

Europe: launch of EATIP France! :











As part of the launch meeting of the French mirror platform EATIP France, around twenty players in the sector (aquaculture professionals, research laboratories and skills centers) met in Paris on June 21, 2019. Organized by the Cluster, this event made it possible to show the importance and the active role that structures can play, for the aquaculture sector, at European level, through the intermediary of EATIP France.

Our guest, Alexandra Neyts, Secretary General of EATIP as well as our project managers, Margherita Vece and Doriane Stagnol succeeded each other to expose, firstly the European platform EATIP, then, secondly, the role and EATIP France actions. Rich in exchanges and sharing, this day ended with the presentation of European funding Horizon2020 and Horizon Europe.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Margherita Vece.

Europe: General Assembly and meeting of EATIP mirror platforms :


EATIP members and collaborators met on June 17-18, 2019 in Brussels to discuss the positioning of innovation and research in the aquaculture sector. This event gave rise to various presentations (activities and achievements of the EATIP, strategic roadmap, content, state of negotiations and next Horizon Europe deadlines, skills and jobs, relevant strategies, etc.) in the field of aquaculture. Representing a wide range of skills and nationalities, the participants marked the day with their strong commitment to innovation and research in aquaculture.

The afternoon of the second day, dedicated to the EATIP mirror platforms, was rich in sharing knowledge and experiences. The mirror platform group has grown; different subjects were discussed such as new European funding opportunities (EMFF) or the opportunities for collaborative projects

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Margherita Vece.

NANOCULTURE : INTERREG project recently approved :

AQUIMER is now an associated partner of a new INTERREG project, NANOCULTURE, which was recently approved. The Consortium consists of 6 partners from research institutions, laboratories and clusters.  Three countries are represented: Spain, Portugal and Ireland. INL International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, located in Braga (North of Portugal) is the project coordinator. The general objective of the project is to assess and mitigate the risk of the presence of engineered nanomaterials – silver and titanium dioxide nanoparticles in particular - in Atlantic aquaculture.

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3 questions for Arnaud TERNINCK, Development Manager, COPALIS: :

What is the nature of your business?

The enhancement of the local marine resource initiated in 1960 by visionary members of the Boulogne-sur-Mer fishing industry lays the foundations for the mission of the Cooperative for the Processing of Fishery Products, COPALIS (formerly CTPP).

 If the material taken over by COPALIS constituted waste before the implementation of this recovery, it is by-products and co-products which are now involved. Historically a producer of flour, COPALIS developed in 1968 a patented process for the production of hydrolyzed fish proteins called CPSP®, intended for the nutrition of young animals and for which the cooperative remains the world leader.

With this unique experience in enzymatic hydrolysis techniques, COPALIS diversifies with the production of cosmetic ingredients and innovative nutritional ingredients: marine cartilage in powder form for the fight against joint pain, collagen for the beauty of skin, marine peptides regulating the glycemic index, antihypertensive drugs, etc.

For whom are your products/services intended?

Being on BtoB markets, our marine ingredients are intended to be transformed / formulated into finished products such as:

-Foods for animal nutrition: mainly for petfood and aquaculture, our famous CPSP® is recognized for its ability to naturally stimulate the growth and immune defenses of farmed fish.

- Food supplements: marketed in different forms (capsule, capsule, drink, etc.), our ingredients are used by manufacturers of para-pharmaceutical nutritional supplements.

- Cosmetic products: cream, serum, skincare, etc. with hydrating, toning, regenerating or anti-aging properties.

- Products processed by the food industry: ready meals, soups, sauces ... COPALIS exports nearly 75% of its production of ingredients to North America, China, Europe, Southeast Asia , or Australia.

In what way are innovation and research important for your sector of business?

The treatment of fish waste ... the image is not a priori the most attractive nor the most rewarding. However, behind a reputation as a “breulles factory”, as some Boulonnais elders still call it, hiding from its origins a cooperative with economic and environmental roles essential for its territory by the outlets it offers and a growing business. ; a company that the constant ambition of innovations with high added value and respectful of maritime resources, has greatly contributed to perpetuate and develop, for almost 60 years.

The dynamism of COPALIS and its ability to innovate and invest in research have been supported by a close partnership with the AQUIMER competitiveness cluster for 13 years now. In total, we participated in 11 projects labeled by the cluster.

The latest is the Pepseanov collaborative research program which has enabled us to develop innovative ingredients from local fishing by-products to target nutrition markets, particularly in the area of stress, to integrate the formulation of food supplements and veterinarians relaxing and anti-stress.

In order to remain competitive in increasingly competitive markets and maintain our leadership position, innovation and research are real key success factors in the growth and value of our activity.

European Maritime Days 2019 :


The European Maritime Day (EMD) is the annual 2-day EU meeting point on maritime affairs and blue growth.This year the event took place on 16-17 May 2019 at the Lisbon Congress Centre, Portugal. The focus was on blue entrepreneurship, research, innovation and investment to boost sustainable technologies and emerging value chains in the wider ocean economy.

This was a great opportunity for AQUIMER to make new contacts, get visibility for its projects, activities and achievements, gain new insights into the evolving EU policy and funding landscape.

To know more, please, contact Margherita Vece.


AQUIMER took part in the BBI JU Info Day which took place at the European Commission in Brussels on the 12th of April 2019. The event enjoyed remarkable attendance with over 700 participants.

The event hosted prominent speakers from DG RTD, the BBI JU Programme and the Bio-based Industries Consortium.

The info day started with keynote speeches on the Bio-based industries role in the global development of bio-economy and on the BBI as an initiative mobilising private investment in Europe. This was followed by a detailed presentation of the BBI JU 2019 Work Programme with its calls’ priorities and novelties and all relevant information on proposal submission and evaluation.

The whole afternoon was dedicated to matchmaking meetings between participants. It was a great occasion to build our network and find potential partners for the BBI JU Call for proposals.

AQUIMER, though its EU Project Manager, Margherita Vece, booked over 10 networking meetings through the BBI JU Partnering Platform and met interested participants.

If you are looking for a partner for the BBI JU 2019 Work Programme,  do not hesitate to contact her.

The Expert Group on Skills and Career Development in the Blue Economy :

On April 10, AQUIMER participated in the last Expert Group meeting of the current European Commission. The Expert Group on Skills and Career Development in the Blue Economy was created by DG MARE in 2017. It supports DG MARE with the development of the skills policy for the marine and maritime sectors and advises on issues pertinent to education, training, skills and career development within the blue economy. The 40 members of the group represent different sectors of the blue economy and have been selected on the basis of their high level of expertise. AQUIMER is one these experts.

During that day the 7 projects that were selected under the EMFF’s 2016 Call for Blue Career projects and their best practices were presented. Progress of the Baseline document compiled by the MATES project on the mapping of the skills gaps in the 2 identified sectors (shipbuilding and offshore renewables) was also discussed.

DG EMPL was there to both show recent findings in the area of the EU employment strategy and the main trends that drive the employment market nowadays and present the ESCO classification system for occupations and skills in Europe.

This was the occasion for AQUIMER to provide input and insights as to the improvements necessary in the blue economy skills sector.

Should you need further information about this event, please contact Margherita VECE

Questions to Eric Bernard from R&O Seafood Gastronomy :





What is the nature of your business?

R&O has become a unique integrated whole (production, processing and distribution), European market leader in sustainable and responsible certified seafood products, in particular thanks to its ranges of OSO® and REYNAUD® brand products: La Gambas Bio de Madagascar, Bar and Bream from the Gulf of Corinth, French Oyster Perle Blanche® or even Eccentric®.

Specialist in haute cuisine from the sea for over 90 years, REYNAUD is present in Rungis, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Bordeaux, Caen, Nice, Strasbourg and even Saint-Tropez in all market segments: RHF, market traditional and mass retail ( Recognized as a specialist in seafood, the R&O teams develop, select and offer all of our customers the best of the sea: this is both our job and our ambition.

In what way are innovation and research important for your sector of business?

Innovation and research are the pillars of the development of the activity of OSO and REYNAUD both in the production part and in our distribution activity. As a producer of ORGANIC prawns for over 15 years, we adopt our farming methods to always be prescribers and in line with the best aquaculture practices in all areas: food, respect for the environment, animal welfare, respect for employees and the surroundings. We rely on internal expertise to develop our research projects in close collaboration or in partnership with the best universities or research centers.

In order to respond daily to the expectations and questions of our customers, REYNAUD is constantly looking for the best product / packaging / supply solution. REYNAUD relies on the services offered by the AQUIMER Pole in terms of regulatory watch, technological watch and information sharing workshops to fuel our reflections on innovation and research.

Innovation and research are coordinated by an R&D Department driven by a desire to constantly improve our methods at all of our production sites and to participate fully in the total satisfaction of our customers.

The 5th edition of the "Halieutis" show: back on the Moroccan show ! :


On 20-24 February 2019 we participated in the Halieutis show with the Boulogne-sur-mer delegation chaired by the minister Frédéric Cuvillier. This was the occasion to discuss with our Moroccan partners Agadir Haliopole Cluster, the National Research Institute on Fisheries (INRH), the National Agency for the aquaculture development (ANDA) about future collaboration opportunities between French and Moroccan actors.

The Boulogne-sur-mer delegation was composed by representatives of the Communauté d’Agglomération du Boulonnais, Boulogne-sur-Mer City Hall, the Hauts-de-France Region, the Mission Capécure 2020, the Operating Company for the ports of the Strait, Delanchy Transports, The Large Sea Port of Dunkerque, the Chamber of Commerce of Hauts-de-France cost, the University of the Littoral Côte d'Opale, the General Trade Union of port merchands, the vocational maritime school of Le Portel, Nouvelles Vagues, an innovation platform tailored to the needs of the seafood industry and Procidys.

3 questions to Guillaume Dekoninck from the Echo Village : :

What’s your activity?

We run an aquaponics farm. We produce trout and eel as well as leafy vegetables and aromatic plants (cabbage, tomatoes, persil, basilic, tarragon,..). The operation is simple: the excrement from the fish provides with a nutrient-rich water, which is then used for growing vegetables and fruits (the excrements are mineralized through biofilters, they are transformed into nitrite, then in nitrates). Plants absorbed the excrements and purify the water. It is a sustainable system since it operates in a close circuit.

Who are your products/services addressed to?

Our products are addressed to the restauration, to the middle distribution and to individuals. With 15€ or 25€ per week,they can obtain supplies of vegetables and fish from the farm.

Why are innovation and research important in your activity sector?

Innovation is the heart of our work. Aquapony is a very innovative activity which allows to recycle discards and obtain a turnover from two types of production: horticulture and fish farming. In this activity, research enables us to improve the production (i.e. boosting the growth of plants with LED lights) or to combine different activities with aquapony (such as smoking of fish).

The Pôle AQUIMER supports its companies with their innovation strategies

Working lunch with the EU on "the environmental labelling of the aquatic products” :

On Tuesday, February 19, we organised a working lunch on the environmental labellingof aquatic products. Sponsored by Alain Cadec, in the presence of the Hauts-de-France region and the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, for Research and Innovation, the ICV Aqua and ICV Pêche projects were illustrated.

The ICV Aqua and ICV Pêche projects had the objective to develop Life Cycle inventories, especially ICV Aqua for the fishery, aquaculture and proceeding and ICV Pêche, only for fishery.

The presentation gave rise to a constructive discussion among the participants on the challenges of the environmental labelling and the contribution brought by both the projects at the European level. The European Commission confirmed both its interest in the projects and its strong commitment to the environmental labelling.

We want to say thanks to Alain Cadec, Chair of the EP Committee on Fisheries, for his support, attendance and introductory remarks, to Pierrette Ethuin (Ulco), Thomas Cloâtre (CNPMEM) and Julie Mancini (AQUIMER) for their presentations.

Should you need further information about this event, please contact Margherita VECE

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Policy conference for the closing of H2020 DiscardLess project :

On Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 January2019 a Science - Policy conferencefor the closing of H2020 DiscardLess project was held in Copenhagen, Denmark. The project’saim was to find sustainable solutions for the gradual elimination of discards in European fisheries. About 160 participants took part in the DISCARDLESS final conference.

« The implementation and the efficient control of the landing obligation will meet a number of challenges, not easy to face. The research conducted in the framework of the DiscardLess project aims to mitigate them. However, actions are needed at the local level» Margherita VECE, EU Project Manager, AQUIMER

The conference was opened by Clara Ulrich, the project coordinator, who provided context information on the DiscardLess project as well as on the landing obligation which will be in full force and effect in January 2019.

Different partners made presentations on their use of tools in the framework of the project, discards’ impact, the landing obligation’s impact on fishermen and research carried out on selectivity among aquatic products. For more information on the DiscardLess project, click here.

Should you need further information about this event, please contact Margherita VECE

Welcome to Doriane! :

A passionate person for marine environments for a long time, Doriane holds a master’s degree in « Oceanography and marine environments » from the University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC), in Paris. She worked in both the Roscoff biological Station (CNRS) and the Brittany’s committee of sea-fishing and marine aquaculture.

Doriane has a 4-year experience in the Roscoff biological station where she was in charge of the study and the exploitation of aquatic resources. There, she could measure the impact of the macroalgal exploitation and got involved in innovation and research projects, such as IDEALG.

Her experience in the aquatic sector enabled her to work for the regional committee of sea-fishing and marine aquaculture (CRPMEM) in Brittany. During 9 months Doriane was coordinator of the BIOMASSE ALGUE project, aiming to estimate the algal biomass.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact Doriane!

The aquaculture industry turns towards the EU! :

On January 22-23, 2019 the Mirror Platforms (MiPs) of the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (EATiP), of which we are a part, gathered in Berlin. This meeting aimed to start implementing the new EATiP strategic research and innovation agenda.

The meeting began with the election of Yolanda Morales from the cluster ACUIPLUS as the EATiP MiPs’ President.

Given the privileged access of the EATiP to the European Union, the MiPs decided to meet more frequently and new working groups were set up in order to both have a greater impact on the EU’s future strategy and improve the information-sharing among European aquaculture actors.

«As the French EATiP MiPs, we are able to report national industry’s issues and push forward the aquaculture sector at the European level » Margherita Vece, EU Project Manager, AQUIMER.

The meeting was concluded with a visit to an internationally known site of aquaponic production (tilapia and basil).

Should you need further information about this event, please contact Margherita VECE

Aquatic products on the verge of the digital era! :










On January 22, 2019 a number of structures took part in the workshop concerning the technical specifications for a mutual e-commerce platform of aquatic products. Three parts of the technical specifications were illustrated: the technical, the legal and the economic part. The technical part which was unanimously validated, showed the type of platform to be set up, its administration and management. The legal and economic parts were completed and will be validated through a feasibility study.  A marketing part will be added soon to the technical specifications.

For more information, please contact Doriane!

AQUIMER at the European Maritime Day 2018 in Bulgaria :

AQUIMER participated on the 31st of May, in the opening of the European Maritime Day 2018 in Burgas, Bulgaria.

This annual conference extending over two days, introduced by Karmenu Vella, the European commissioner of Maritime and Fishing affairs, brings together players from the European maritime world around 19 workshops.

The event revolves mainly around the 2030 European strategy for increasing sustainability of fishing and aquaculture, the Landing Obligation, and the new FEAMP, as well as the urgent need for fighting against plastics in the oceans.

For more info, please contact Gabrielle Heyvaert


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