ParaFishControl results presented at international conferences

ParaFishControl partners have been sharing the project results with other scientist and industry representatives in well-known aquaculture related events.

Aquafarm 2020
19-20 February 2020, Pordenone, Italy

Aquafarm 2020 is an annual aquaculture event, now in its fourth year. Our ParaFishControl partners have been busy this year promoting the project results among the event participants.

Prof Maria Letizia Fioravanti presented the ParaFishControl Key Exploitable Results at AquaFarm2020
Our partners from the University of Bologna at their stand in AquaFarm2020. ParaFishControl project poster and videos were showcased at the stand

Aquaculture Advisory Council Working Groups and General Assembly Meetings
Brussels, Belgium, 5 February 2020

 The Aquaculture Advisory Council (AAC) was established in late 2016 under the framework of the Common Fisheries Policy. The main objective of this stakeholder-led organisation is to provide the European institutions and Member States with recommendations and advice on issues related to the sustainable development of the sector. The AAC is composed of three working groups covering finfish, shellfish, and horizontal issues, a General Assembly and an Executive Committee. The Council includes representatives from industry and other stakeholders, with a 60% - 40% allocation of the seats in the General Assembly and the Executive Committee.

On 5 February, the AAC hosted the Working Groups and General Assembly Meetings in Brussels, Belgium. Upon request of the AAC Working Group 1, ParaFishControl project coordinator, Dr Ariadna Sitja-Bobadilla, presented the results of work package 7 that dealt with fish product safety.

The presentation was focused on the outcome of tasks 7.1 and 7.2; zero detection of zoonotic helminths in all the fish species analysed in the 2016-2018 survey (European sea bass, gilthead sea bream, turbot, rainbow trout, Atlantic salmon and common carp), covering 10,813 fish in total, including runts.
Currently freezing treatment is mandatory for fish products intended to be consumed raw or undercooked (with the exception of Atlantic salmon), following the Commission regulation (EU) No 1276/2011.

The results of the ParaFishControl survey demonstrated a negligible risk of transmitting zoonotic helminths from these fish species to humans. This is excellent news for European Aquaculture, and a demonstration of its quality and safety. Therefore, on behalf of ParaFishControl, Dr Sitja-Bobadilla recommended for the AAC to take further steps to obtain an updated Scientific Opinion from the Panel on Biological Hazards of the European Food Safety Authority.

Watch the ParaFishControl video to learn more about this result:

Dr Ariadna Sitjà-Bobabilla explains the ParaFishControl project findings at the ACC Working Group 1 meeting

XXV Italian Society of Fish Pathology (S.I.P.I.) National Congress
Gaeta, Italy, 10-12 October 2019

In October, the Italian Society of Fish Pathology (S.I.P.I.) hosted their 25th National Congress in Gaeta, Italy. The meeting included several scientific sessions where ParaFishControl partners presented the latest results obtained within the project. The event also included a specific workshop, “H2020 projects: Applied Research for Aquaculture”, focusing on the most relevant results for the aquaculture industry from the EU funded projects ParaFishControl, PerformFISH and MedAID. The full event programme can be consulted here.

ParaFishControl partners from the University of Bologna and the University of Udine presenting the project results at the workshop “H2020 projects: Applied Research for Aquaculture”

Aquaculture Europe 2019
Berlin, Germany, 7-10 October 2019

 GROWING from WATER was the theme for this year’s Aquaculture Europe (AE2019) conference in Germany. This event included technical sessions and workshops as well as a trade show exhibition.

ParaFishControl partners participated in the technical sessions, providing an overview of the latest results of the project, including the survey that demonstrated the negligible risk of zoonotic parasites in European farmed fish.

Aquaculture Europe Trade Show Event © AE2019

19th International Conference on Diseases of Fish and Shellfish
Porto, Portugal, 9-12 September 2019

In September, the 19th International Conference on Diseases of Fish and Shellfish (EAFP 2019) was held at the Alfândega Congress Centre in Porto, Portugal. The event hosted scientific and technical sessions consisting of poster presentations, invited talks, keynotes, oral presentations, workshops and an EAFP General Assembly. The ParaFishControl partners were kept busy throughout the conference, presenting their work from the project across multiple scientific and technical sessions.

Our partners from the Parasitology Research Team of the Institute for Veterinary Medical Research, Centre for Agricultural Research, with their posters at EAFP 2019

ParaFishControl 3rd Annual Meeting 2019
Budapest, Hungary, 5-7 March 2019

 We held a successful ParaFishControl Annual Meeting in Budapest, Hungary. All project partners attended this meeting to present the latest results of ParaFishControl and to plan the next steps for the coming months.


Group photo at the entrance of the main building of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, MTA