These two major EAS objectives are achieved by:
- the organization, since 1981, of the annual “Aquaculture Europe” events;
- the publication of a peer-reviewed scientific journal (Aquaculture International), a dedicated aquaculture magazine (Aquaculture Europe) and a member newsletter (EASinfo);
the formalization of ties with other aquaculture organizations, notably, the World Aquaculture Society, FAO, ICES, The European association for Animal Production, EUROFISH, CIHEAM, Aquacultural Engineering Society...
The most directly related experience EAS can bring to this project is its knowledge of EU RTD projects in aquaculture. Furthermore, EAS coordinated the recently finished CONSENSUS initiative, which addressed desired trends for sustainable development of the sector and produced 78 supporting indicators for sustainable development of the European aquaculture sector (under 8 themes) agreed by 120 stakeholders from 16 countries; 25 indicators contributing to Codes of Best Practice at national or species level; 30 indicators for benchmarking of the sector, with a potential use in European standards and a new, updated Code of Conduct for the European Finfish sector.
For more than 10 years, EAS has either lead or been a partner to dissemination activities of EU research. These include AquaFlow www.aquaflow.org (including an analysis of “SME Perception of the Dissemination of RTD information in the European Aquaculture Sector”); Profet Policy www.profetpolicy.info (summaries of 200 EU RTD projects in aquaculture); IMPACT FISH (ex-post study and impact assessment) and more recently AQUAINNOVA, improving governance in the sector and supporting the EATIP www.eatip.eu carried out by questionnaires to 250 stakeholders in the sectors and relating to uptake, knowledge of policy, and research outputs and leading to the product
Mr. Alistair Lane, Executive Director of the EAS, was the CONSENSUS coordinator, IMPACT FISH and ‘AquaFlow’ project leader and was also involved in the management of PROFET and PROFET Policy. He has provided various contributions to the European Commission and the Committee on Fisheries of the European Parliament towards the 2009 EU Aquaculture Strategy and its adoption. He has excellent contacts with other European networks and co-authored the FAO Regional Review on European Aquaculture 2010.
He will have a specific role related to review of current knowledge in EUROSHELL and will provide input into all other work packages.Other EAS involvement will be provided by the current EAS President, Yves Harache, and other EAS Board Members, where considered useful for achieving the outcomes of EUROSHELL.