Greek Grants




SAFEGUARD system of land, surface and underwater real-time monitoring for people and anchorages in the computing cloud

SAFEGUARD develops innovative actions in the field of supporting the safety of workers and monitoring for the protection of aquaculture facilities (anchorages and production facilities), aiming at innovative solutions based on Aquaculture 4.0 standards, using new technologies of underwater, marine and coastal surveillance and in accordance with the European rules of personal data protection while maintaining the privacy of employees and the prevailing ethics.

1.Staff safety (waterborne employees, guards, divers)

2.Monitoring infrastructure´s integrity

The project is being implemented under the RESEARCH – CREATE – INNOVATE (ΕΡΕΥΝΩ – ΔΗΜΙΟΥΡΓΩ – ΚΑΙΝΟΤΟΜΩ) action and has been co-funded by the European Union and national resources through E. P. Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship & Innovation (ΕΠΑνΕΚ) (project code: Τ2ΕΔΚ-02730)

Purpose of the project:

This project aims to develop innovative procedures and practices in the field to support the safety of the workers and monitoring for the protection of coastal aquaculture facilities (moorings and sea cages), targeting innovative solutions integrated into the Aquaculture 4.0 standards, using new technologies of underwater and marine monitoring and in parallel in accordance with European rules on the protection of personal data, while preserving workers’ prevailing ethics.



Cardioprotective properties of sea bream fed with a polar lipid fraction isolated from oil production by-products.


The research data to date prove that it is possible to produce and use new fish feed by replacing part of the fish oils with oil production by-products. Furthermore, the modified fish feed affects the micronutrient composition of the fish produced.

Purpose of the project:

The main objective of the project is the production of a farmed bream fed with a fraction of polar lipids isolated from oil production by-products, the consumption of which leads to a significantly improved cardiometabolic profile of consumers. Individual objectives of the program are:

  1. a) development of a method for the production of fish feed enriched with the fraction of polar lipids, isolated from the by-products of oil production,
  2. b) enrichment process of farmed bream with the fraction of polar lipids.


Grants GR-sticy

Meagre (Argyrosomus regius) Genomics towards the identification of Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) and the first application of a selective breeding programme in Europe.


The meagre (Argyrosomus regius) is one of the emerging and promising species in the Mediterranean aquaculture. It exhibits a fast body growth and processing potential without competing with the two existing species, the gilthead sea bream and the European sea bass. The “MeagreGen” research project is based on the synergy between the two major aquaculture companies with long-standing experience in the genetic selection of the sea bream and sea bass, and the three leading Greek research partners in quantitative genetics and genomics.

Purpose of the project:

  1. The assessment and evaluation of the genetic polymorphism of the meagre cultured in Greek companies.
  2. The sequencing of the genome and the transcriptome in the meagre will then be undertaken, utilizing cutting-edge methodologies and technologies that will place the species in the full-fledged elite fish. The construction of a very good transcriptome, a very dense linkage mapping and genome sequencing are elements interrelated with the future mapping of Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) which are required for the application Marker Assisted Selection (MAS) or Genomic Selection (GS) programs.
  3. The first pilot breeding program will be launched in the meagre.

Grants GR-sticy

Development of high density SNP-chip for seabream (Sparus aurata) and seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax).

Seabass and Seabream are the two most economically important species for the Mediterranean aquaculture and Greece has the 60% of the seabream production and 52% of the seabass production in the European Union.

The already developed (selection) breeding programs in the two species, although in their infancy, have contributed significant genetic progress in growth related traits. However they are lacking of success when traits that are difficult to measure on an individual basis (e.g. Feed Conversion Ratio) or traits with low heritability (e.g. disease resistance traits) are considered.

Purpose of the project:

  1. The development of a new, common for both species, high density SNP micro array (SNP-chip) is considered to be the modern and efficient genomic tool to increase the rate of genetic improvement in traits that are already selected with classical selection methods.
  2. The mapping of Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL), which are possibly affecting production traits of economic importance, in the genome of both species will be highly valuable in the (selection) breeding programs through the utilization of Marker Assisted Selection and/or the application of new high accuracy methods in the genetic evaluations, such as the Genomic Selection