VIVALDI, A H2020 European Project aiming at preventing and mitigating farmed bivalve diseases
|Author(s)||Arzul Isabelle1, Feist Steve2, Figueras Antonio3, Lapegue Sylvie1, Paillard Christine4, Furones Dolors5|
|Affiliation(s)||1 : Ifremer, RBE-SG2M-LGPMM, Station de La Tremblade, Avenue de Mus de Loup, F-17390 La Tremblade, France
2 : Cefas Weymouth Laboratory, Weymouth, Dorset, United Kingdom
3 : Instituto Investigaciones Marinas, CSIC, Vigo, Spain
4 : LEMAR, UMR CNRS 6539, IUEM Technopôle Brest-Iroise, F-29280 Plouzané, France
5 : IRTA, Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Spain
|Meeting||AquaEpi I-2016 - 1st scientific conference in Aquatic Animal Epidemiology, September 20-22, 2016, Oslo, Norway|
|Abstract||The European shellfish industry enjoys a privileged position on the global scene. Its social dimension is essential, as it employs a high number of people in more than 8000 companies, mostly micro-companies. Shellfish production in Europe is little diversified and mainly relies on the industrially produced mussels, oysters and clams.
Over the recent years, this sector has grown more slowly than other fish farming sectors, notably because it depends a great deal on the environmental quality and the emergence of diseases. Mortality events, linked to pathogen organisms such as viruses, bacteria and parasites (protozoa), tend to weaken the production’s sustainability.
In this context, the European project VIVALDI (PreVenting and mItigating farmed biVALve DIseases) aims at increasing the sustainability and competitiveness of the shellfish industry in Europe, developing tools and approaches with a view to better preventing and controlling marine bivalve diseases.
VIVALDI is a 4-years European Horizon 2020 project coordinated by Ifremer (2016-2020): 21 mostly European, public and private partners are involved, representing the diversity of the European shellfish industry landscape