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Welcome to BESTBROOD (2020-2023)

Identification of broodstock performance indicators and markers to boost the aquaculture of emerging fish species

Appropriate broodstock management is essential for supporting reproductive function and reliable and consistent production of gametes and high-quality eggs, critical for the rapid increase in juvenile supply and turning aquaculture into a profitable industry. In all species commercialized to date, this has been the first significant challenge to overcome, and it is still so for many emerging species. The BESTBROOD project (2020 – 2023) aims to evolve biotechnologies that significantly improve broodstock management methods and enhance the reproductive performance of selected emerging species (Senegalese sole, greater amberjack, spotted wolfish, and lumpfish). All these species are in an early commercial stage, but all have shown suitability for farming, high economic value, and market demand. To create the BEST BROODstocks, the project plans to 1) develop genetic markers and bioindicators, 2) create knowledge on the best rearing conditions, 3) improve the control of the maturation cycles, 4) test hormonal therapies and artificial fertilization methods and; 5) reduce dependence on wild fish for egg production. As a result, BESTBROOD will lead to a more stable and predictable supply of high volumes of high-quality eggs to produce juveniles to meet market demands for sustainability and increase Europe’s aquaculture competitiveness.

The BESTBROOD brings together a multi-disciplinary consortium of 7 organizations from Norway, Spain, Greece, and Italy with established expertise in fish breeding and reproductive biology to develop, validate and up-scale to the industry new tools and technologies and ensure research efforts are targeted to overcome the main reproductive bottlenecks affecting the project’s focus species.

The BESTBROOD is Co-funded by the BlueBio ERA-NET under the Horizon 2020 programme and the Research Council of Norway (RCN), General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) in Greece, Centro para el Desarollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI) and Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI) Ministerio de Economia, Industria y Competividad (MINECO) in Spain and Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca (MIUR) in Italy.

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