The management and protection of coastal and marine ecosystems are more and more integrated in the international exchanges, at a time where these areas are facing higher levels of pressure. Professionals in aquaculture, fish and shellfish breeders, are the first witnesses and actors of these global changes through time.

The concept of sustainable development is taking more and more ground within this professional approach before all but also in the general populations. Environment quality is the basis to maintain sustainable marine activities including aquaculture which involves fish, shellfish and algal cultivation (seaweed and microalgae). Aquaculture professionals wish to guaranty the long term development of their companies and therefore, are motivated to implement a sustainable development of their activities. 

The main objective of SEANEO in this sector is to associate the development of aquaculture activities (shellfish cultivation, fish farming at sea or in-land, shrimp farming, seaweed cultivations, microalgae culture, public aquariums, aquaculture technical and research centre, etc.) to low environmental impact.

Off-shore and coastal marine cultivation systems are developed in agreement with each different environmental constraint and ecosystem requirements. In-land aquaculture systems are studied in order to limit polluted effluents (water pump, recirculating systems, tank filtration, closed raceways, closed photo-bioreactors, sterilisation, etc.) and potential sources of disturbances.

  • Feasibility studies ;

  • Environmental studies ;

  • Integration of multispecies possibilities (IMTA) ;

  • Economical and market studies for novel species ;

  • Technical assessment including production cost estimations ;

  • Technical dives for structure development at sea ;

  • Quality control systems, regulatory and accreditations ;

  • New tools for commercialisation and marketing ;

  • Training and teaching.

SEANEO relies on a network of aquaculture academic experts, scientific and technical experts, and maintains numerous collaborations with public or private research laboratories throughout the world.