Welcome to TAPAS

Aquaculture is one of five sectors in the EU’s Blue Growth Strategy, aimed at harnessing untapped potential for food production and jobs whilst focusing on environmental sustainability. TAPAS addresses this challenge by supporting member states to establish a coherent and efficient regulatory framework aimed at sustainable growth. It will use a requirements analysis to evaluate existing regulatory and licensing frameworks across the EU, taking account of the range of production environments and specificities. TAPAS stands for Tools for Assessment and Planning of Aquaculture Sustainability.

The four year Horizon 2020 TAPAS research project started in March 2016. It aims to consolidate the environmental sustainability of European aquaculture. This happens by developing tools, approaches and frameworks to support EU Member States in establishing a coherent and efficient regulatory framework, implementing the Strategic Guidelines for the sustainable development of European aquaculture and delivering a technology and decision framework for sustainable growth.

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The Consortium


Objective 1

To identify sustainability requirements and licensing approaches, and identify bottlenecks hampering cost-efficient licensing and regulatory practices.

Objective 2

To identify the gap between the availability of and needs for the suitable tools, methods and frameworks.

Objective 3

To critically analyse and refine existing tools and technologies.

Objective 4

To assess the environmental services provided by European aquaculture.

Objective 5

To strengthen management practices and develop cost-efficient management tools.

Objective 6

To develop an Aquaculture Sustainability Toolkit based on existing and newly developed models and approaches for timely and cost-efficient environmental assessment and regulation.