For the BIORAS_SHRIMP project, the consortium comprise of 10 partners, coming from Europe and 1 from India

The Department of Biological and Environmental Science and Technology (DiSTeBA), Universita del Salento, Coordinator of this project, is a multidisciplinary department with research groups operating in 5 main areas: Biological Science, Chemical Science, Medical Science, Physic Science and Earth Science. The department is responsible of the management of the Marine Aquaculture and fisheries Research Centre of Acquatina (Lecce), which represents the experimental pole for research, technology transfer, innovation and training in the specific sectors of aquaculture and fisheries.


NIBIO contributes to food security and safety, sustainable resource management, innovation and value creation through research and knowledge production within food, forestry and other biobased industries. NIBIO has ample experience on assessing fish sludge from aquaculture as fertiliser, for example in the EU project SEA2LAND. NIBIO’s main role in BIORAS_SHRIMP is to develop the use of the sludge from shrimp production as a fertiliser.  


AquaBioTech Group is a company specialised in aquaculture, fisheries, biotechnology, environmental testing/research, engineering, consulting, development, and training. AquaBioTech Group has its own dedicated research facilities and it undertakes a variety of aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic environmental projects through its regional offices and selected partners throughout the world. The majority of AquaBioTech Group’s work is related to the marine or aquatic environment, encompassing aquaculture developments, market research, project feasibility assessments, technology sourcing, technical support and training. AquaBioTech Group also performs contracted aquaculture research for feed development, pharmaceutical testing and breeding programmes. In BIORAS_SHRIMP, AquaBioTech Group will design the RAS, and will develop an aquaponic system to recover the effluents produced.


Unipi , comprised of two pharmacologists and a biochemist, has the following expertise: preclinical pharmacological assays on in vitro and in vivo models; screening of natural extracts, fractions and purified compounds for bio-guided assay; cell pathways investigation through biochemical and molecular biology techniques; investigation on anticancer and anti-inflammatory activity of nutraceuticals and drugs. Unipi will characterize the microalgae extracts, in the form of complex mixture and/or pure compounds produced, and check for their potential bioactivity with relevance to human health. To this aim, by using established in vitro models, specific pharmacological activities of microalgae mixture/compounds will be assessed to explore their potential applications for some healthy aging promoting effects (such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer).


Biotecna is a young company who is building the first clear water recirculating system for shrimp culture in Italy. The farm has a hatchery unit for maintenance and reproduction of penaeid shrimp species, as the L. vannamei and the M. japonicus. The hatchery is also provided of a phyto and zooplankton production unit and of a specialised laboratory with well skilled people. The on-growing area is constituted by 5 race-way type fiberglass tanks, with a total volume of about 1500 m3. The farm will start its first production cycle in Spring 2022 and has a potential capacity for producing about 25-30 tons of shrimp/year, in 3 separate production cycles. The company aims to apply a sustainable process by producing high quality and safe seafood while respecting the environment, valorising “waste” and by-product and ensuring circularity.

The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture (DFA) is a government entity under the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Animal Rights. The Aquaculture Directorate (AD), within the DFA, functions as a research facility with a view to developing economically and ecologically sustainable aquaculture practices/systems. The AD has experience in the use of sustainable technologies (e.g. RAS and IMTA). The AD involved in ‘SIMTAP’ concerning self-sufficient integrated multi-trophic aquaponic systems for better food production sustainability. The AD is involved in ‘BYTHOS’ on the application of biotechnology for blue growth and circular economy. The AD brings experience in species diversification; investigation of alternative fish feed sources; laboratory testing services (water quality monitoring and research related analysis).


Start-up Company operating in Cultivation, R&D and technology provider in the algae production sector. Biosyntex srl, is a company with its own chemical-microbiological laboratory and qualified technical-scientific personnel. Since its birth, Biosyntex has been carrying out R&D activities on its own or on behalf of third parties in the field of photosynthetic microorganisms. Research activity in recent years has mainly focused on the following applications: i) biofuels from microalgae; ii) carotenoids production for the nutraceutical market; iii) bio-fertilizers and bio-stimulants production from microalgae; iv) natural pigments from microalgae.


Kerala university of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS) is the first State University in India exclusively constituted for the development of fisheries and ocean science education, research and extension elevating the erstwhile College of Fisheries established in 1979. The Department of Aquaculture, the patterning entity in the current project, is one of the leading departments under the Faculty of Fisheries. KUFOS has extensive farm lands, fish and shrimp hatcheries, advanced laboratories and the required staff to take up any project related to aquaculture and allied areas. We are the pioneers in the farming and seed production of Penaeus vannamei in Kerala which has a long history of shrimp farming, especially the black tiger shrimp culture. Our world class laboratories and student strength make our university unique in aquaculture project implementation and transfer of technology.


We are a small pharmaceutical company based in Milan, operating in the field of medical devices and food supplements. We are currently legal manufacturers of several CE medical devices and dietary supplements regularly marketed in the EU market. We are UNI EN ISO 13485: 2016 certified. We have an internal department that deals with clinical studies on medical devices and food supplements. In the past, one of our projects obtained the seal of excellence in a horizon 2020 program.


Akvaplan-niva (APN) is a research institute with strong focus and record of accomplishment in applied aquaculture research. APN’s national and international staff has extensive experience with several cold and warm water aquaculture species. APN performs research and development for both private companies and research organizations, focusing on the development of new or improved aquaculture concepts and technologies for environmentally sustainable commercial production. Our specialists have experience from sea- and land- based fish farming, intensive, semi-intensive systems and recirculation systems, salt- brackish and fresh- waters and are involved in several national and international research projects. APN has a research facility for micro- to meso-scale experimental studies with permits to perform experiments with aquatic animals.


Executive Board

BIORAS_SHRIMP Steering Group (SG) consists of the Coordination (Coordinator & Co-Coordinator) and the nine (9) Work Package Leaders. The SG is responsible for synergies and internal information flow between the WPs, the overall progress of BIORAS_SHRIMP, and will support the Coordination in the scientific and technical monitoring, execution and reporting of the BIORAS_SHRIMP project.

Project and funding

BlueBio ERA-Net Cofund 

Thematic area B. Sustainable and resilient biomass production and proccessing

Topic B2. Demonstration of sustainable and resilient ‘circular’ production systems e.g. IMTA, land-based aquaculture

Funding Agencies

Blue Bio ERA-Net Cofund project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The funding agencies for the BIORAS_SHRIMP project are Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) Malta | Ministry of Universities and Research (MUR) Italy | Norges forskningsråd (RCN) Norway