Latest FISHBOOST News
FISHBOOST results: Genomic selection using pooled DNA sequencing
Genomic selection is a new powerful method to select the best individuals based on DNA data. It estimates the effects of genome-wide dense genetic markers (SNPs) and uses these estimates to select the parents for the next generation. This selection method is today used in Atlantic salmon breeding programs and its accuracies are tested in FISHBOOST on all the species of the project.
In this study of the FISHBOOST project, we tested the accuracy of selection when DNA of individuals with extreme phenotypes had been pooled and genotyped either with whole-genome sequence data or with an SNP chip. We compared this accuracy to the accuracy of selection when the reference population is made up of individually genotyped fish. Read more
FISHBOOST results: How can we select fish to improve fillet yield?
Selecting for fillet yield (percent fillet, as a proportion of body weight) is extremely important for species which are sold processed. Using real data from sea bass, sea bream and rainbow trout, as well as simulation approaches, INRA, Ifremer and Sysaaf showed that it is indeed possible to increase fillet yield by selection, to a modest but economically significant level, ranging from 0.4 to 1% per generation.
The objective of aquaculture is to produce edible fish flesh for human consumption. While some species are sold whole, processing is developing, as consumers more and more require easy to prepare fillets. When the commercial product is fillet, improving fillet yield (the ratio of fillet weight to body weight) improves the economic efficiency of production, as more valuable fillet can be sold from the same amount of fish produced at a farm. This also improves the environmental efficiency of farming, as effluents from fish farms are grossly proportional to the quantity of fish produced: thus, producing more fillet from the same amount of fish produced reduces the environmental impact per kg of fillet produced. In addition, less fish waste has to be disposed at the slaughterhouse. Fillet yield is thus a typical production efficiency trait. Read more
FISHBOOST results: a cross-border research co-operation to develop breeding activities in common carp
The Fishboost project encourages co-operation between the project partners to fulfill the main aim of the project – boosting European aquaculture. Collaborative work and sharing of knowledge between the partners promotes an effective use of resources at EU-level.
The co-operation between the researchers from USB University of South Bohemia (Czech Republic), SYSAAF (France), IFREMER (France) and LUKE (Finland) has included researcher visits across the three countries to share knowledge and methodological experience to develop phenotyping and selective breeding of common carp in the Czech Republic. Read more
13 June 2017
FISHBOOST results: Perceptions on aquaculture production and selective breeding
In the FISHBOOST project, one work package is dedicated to investigating existing perceptions of aquaculture production. The work consisted of two parts, one part focussed on the perceptions of representative organisations within and surrounding the aquaculture sector, the other part focussed on the perceptions of (individual) aquaculture producers in specific. These perceptions are important to us, they give us an idea of the context in which the FISHBOOST research results will land and of the efforts we will have to make to get these results successfully implemented in the aquaculture sector of today.
2 June 2017
FISHBOOST Results: Feed conversion ratio can be improved by selection for controlled lipid deposition
FISHBOOST researchers have shown that prevention of excessive lipid deposition improves feed conversion ratio in rainbow trout. This also increases, yet slowly, the efficiency at which the fish utilizes proteins of feed (protein-retention efficiency), one of the most expensive and limited raw materials of the fish feeds.
FISHBOOST General Assembly 2017
This year, the General Assembly of the FISHBOOST project took place on 5-6 April in Vodnany in the Czech Republic. Here the University of South Bohemia is located and they were the FISHBOOST partner that organised the meeting. 50 participants from the 26 project partners gathered to share results and upcoming activities with each other. Read more
23 January 2017
FISHBOOST Movie is online!
Aquaculture Breeding and FISHBOOST
FISHBOOST Movie aims to briefly inform the public about the aquaculture production and breeding. The movie explains the principles of selective breeding in farmed fish and the contribution of FISHBOOST project to the European aquaculture breeding with a comprehensible language.
Subscribe to FISHBOOST YouTube Channel from here.
10 January 2017
FISHBOOST "Up one level in breeding for six fish species"
European fish breeders can now integrate tools and technologies developed in FISHBOOST into their breeding programmes.
The main goal of the EU supported project FISHBOOST is to advance selective breeding to the next level for the six main finfish species in European aquaculture. These species are Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, gilthead seabream, European seabass, turbot and common carp.
10 January 2017
FISHBOOST is at the Fish Farming Expert Newsletter
The article "Selective breeding progress made" by Anna Sonesson (NOFIMA), FISHBOOST Project Coordinator is published at the Fish Farming Expert Website
Tools and technologies developed by an EU project which aims to advance selective breeding of Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, gilthead seabream, seabass, turbot and common carp are now available to finfish producers.
Read more at the Fish Farming Expert.
Planned activities for dissemination of FISHBOOST results
In the project, one work package is dedicated to delivering impact through training, communication and dissemination: WP7. Please see below a schedule for planned conferences and meetings where FISHBOOST partners will present their results.
In addition we are planning to present results at national trout producer meetings in Spain, Italy, France, Poland and the United Kingdom and organise a technical training session for breeders and researchers in Montpellier in October 2018.
A webinar will be organised for breeders and researchers. The main topic for this webinar will be production efficiency and it is planned for Spring 2018.
Scheduled face-to-face annual project meetings: