We had a successful Plenary Meeting of the Horizon 2020 AquaSmart Project in Sivota, 07 – 09 July 2015, hosted by Grammos, focusing on three main areas including data sets and models, training for the fish farming community, and market outreach for the Big Data platform targeting the fish farm community.

Our hosts, Grammos, treated us with wonderful Greek hospitality, which included a visit to their fish farm facility, where the full production process was explained by their production and operations managers, from the hatchery stage right through to storage and delivery and shipment.

The face-to-face meetings with our AquaSmart project colleagues was invaluable and very productive for everyone. In particular the fish farm visit proved highly constructive with good dividends for all and in particular for the technology developers. This helped considerably with the technical definition of the data sets, the variables and the models, and also supports the definition of the Big Data platform for the fish farm community. Our time with the fish farm community provided exceptional new insights, with renewed clarity for the current technical requirements, as well as confirming future needs.

The market outreach actions were discussed including the AquaSmart website, the range of social media channels adopted, which have proved effective in gathering together the main actors in the aquaculture sector. Collectively, the group is working very well together, and our Plenary Meeting enable us now to progress effectively in Phase 2, Outreach Strategy.

The Plenary meeting helped confirm the direction of the project with strong inputs and feedback, and provide firm foundations for the project. The Group look forward to the Dublin meeting in November, the next plenary meeting of AquaSmart, which is held in conjunction with the ESR Dublin 2015 event (@ESRDublin2015)

Tom Flynn
Project Management Team
Horizon 2020 Aquasmart