ECOAQUA project



Over two million euros of European subsidy for ULPGC’s Aquaculture research project

The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) obtained over two million euros of European funding to carry out the EcoAqua project stimulating Research and Technology to promote excellence in the development of aquaculture under an ecosystem approach.

The award of the project has been publicly presented at the institutional headquarters in a ceremony attended by the ULPGC’s Rector, José Regidor García, and principal investigator, Dr. Ricardo Haroun, who noted that of the total of 45 projects selected by the European call, only five have been financed. ULPGC’s project, exploring the sustainability of coastal management and marine areas, is the only selected project submitted by a Spanish university.


The project coordinator and principal investigator, Dr. Ricardo Haroun Tabraue, will count on the support of ULPGC’s and Taliarte Scientific and Technological Marine Park’s researchers Dr. Marisol Lopez Izquierdo, Dr. Juan Manuel Afonso López  and Dr. Gercende Courtois de Viçose.

The main objectives of the project aim at: developing the next generation of research in sustainable aquaculture in Europe under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and Blue Growth Initiative; initiate, under an innovative approach, the development of aquaculture with an ecosystem approach that could improve European food production from marine animals; developing technology and science in sustainable aquaculture (S & T), develop infrastructures; overcome the limits of current science; provide training for university students and technicians, and promote the exchange of ULPGC’s know-how and experience within the ERA (European Research Area) and to the outermost regions through personal mobility and networking.

European subsidy for this project is part of the ERA-Chair call; a new strategy of H2020 (Horizon 2020) aiming at establishing bridges between research and innovation through the development of research excellence in the Member States and regions with low performance in Research, Development and Innovation. To accomplish such purpose, these regions must implement "smart specialization strategies" and develop them with a broad impact. This project involves two ULPGC’s research groups: The Biodiversity and Conservation (BIOGES) group and the Aquaculture Research group.

ULPGC’s Rector, José Regidor said that the award of the project, which is part of the Campus of International Excellence - Atlantic Tricontinental Campus, would not have been possible without the research excellence in marine sciences of the groups and the ULPGC’s marine infrastructures located at Taliarte’s Marine Center. He added that such a project "confirms the value of the research developed at the ULPGC proving to be in line with European requirements”. 


ULPGC’s Rector José Regidor (left) and EcoAqua Principal Investigator Dr. Ricardo Haroun Tabraue (right)