EAS thematic groups
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The objective of the EAS Thematic Groups is to create a forum among EAS members that share a common interest within the wider aquaculture field and wish to take advantage of the EAS membership and its wide geographical reach of members.
The forums may be used to inform of latest initiatives; seek partners for new research; look to better manage research activities between organisations and institutes and give an insight into what is potentially (and hopefully) coming in the future. They may organize theme sessions and other activities at each Aquaculture Europe meeting, and maintain thematic online discussion facilities on this web site. Through these activities, the groups will enable members to maintain continuous information exchange in specialist areas, and to take a more pro-active approach to the organisation of conference sessions and the communication of theuir outputs.
|See the Terms of Reference for setting up an EAS Thematic Group.|
· Interactions between aquaculture and fisheries (2006-2008). Originally conceived to highlight these and encourage more research in the area. Moderated by Kai Lorenzen.
· Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) (2006-2009). This group looked to address the current status and future development of RAS systems within the bigger picture of aquaculture technology, especially focussing on commercial applications, their up scaling to industrial scale and their use for a wide range of species currently produced throughout Europe. Moderated by Oliver Schneider.
· European shellfish culture expertise (Euroshell) (2008-2012). Addressing research topics that are relevant for developing shellfish culture in Europe and stimulating the formation of a corresponding research agenda. The agenda should be helpful for funding agencies in the design of their research programs. Moderated by Aad Smaal. The work of this group led to the formation of a consortium that successfully replied to an EU FP7 funding call, resulting in the project of the same name http://www.euroshell-net.eu
· Controlled reproduction and larval rearing of the European eel (2006-2009). Successful and controlled reproduction of eel in captivity would be advantageous for eel farming particularly in the light of the critically low levels of the wild eel populations. This group will bring together EAS members involved in this exciting area. Several research projects are ongoing, and their informal ‘clustering' through the EAS thematic groups could help to speed up this reality. Moderated by Guido van den Thillart. While this group is no longer functioning, the EU project PROEEL organised several specific sessions in our Aquaculture Europe events, while the project was ongoing.
European Percid Fish Culture (EPFC) (Since 2012). Bringing together all those with an interest in the culture of pike-perch, perch and other species of the family percidae for human consumption, stocking and conservation. The goal of EPFC is to involve represen
tatives from the sector in a network and to facilitate future cooperation and knowledge transfer, profiting from the high level of proficiency of all EPFC participants. The group is open to all members of the EAS and explicitly invites farmers and producers as well as scientists and policy makers.
LinkedIn group https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4282614
Moderated by Stefan Meyer and Stefan Teerlinck. This group is very dynamic and organises an annual workshop, just prior to our Aquaculture Europe events.