Fish aquaculture is a major contributor to blue growth worldwide, yet induces a series of pressures to the coastal marine environment. Living sponges are ideal candidates to mitigate organic pollution, owing to their innate capacity for active seawater filtering.
SPINAQUA (“Sponges in integrated aquaculture systems: Towards the delivery of better seawater quality and marine products of high added-value”) is a multidisciplinary research project investigating the potential of sponge cultivation in proximity to fish aquaculture for bioremediation and bioproduction purposes. To this end, it adopts an integrated approach comprising: (a) an extended survey of existing sponge habitats, (b) the setup of an experimental open-sea cultivation of selected sponges, as well as (c) the evaluation of their biotechnological potential in the laboratory. Through the adoption of state-of-the-art research methodologies, it aspires to provide a sound baseline to support the development of future bioremediation applications in an efficient, productive and environmentally sustainable manner. In the long run, it will help deliver a competitive advantage to Greek aquaculture enterprises and “cleaner” seas to the people.
SPINAQUA in Cretaquarium
SPINAQUA banner is designed and printed to facilitate the communication of SPINAQUA project to academic and non-academic audiences. This informational and educational stand rich in media outlining the project’s objectives, is installed in the highly-visited Cretaquarium (Heraklion, Crete). Leaflets providing a visual presentation of the project and outlining SPINAQUA rationale…
86th Thessaloniki International Fair
SPINAQUA project participated in the 86th Thessaloniki International Fair organized by HELEXPO and held in Thessaloniki (Greece) between 10 & 18 September 2022. In this event, SPINAQUA was represented by Mrs. E. Vernadou via installation of banner and leaflets within the pavilion of the Greek Ministry of Development under the…
This project has received funding from the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI) and the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT), under the “1st Call for H.F.R.I. Research Projects for the support of Post-doctoral Researchers – The project was submitted in the field of Natural Sciences (Project ID: 239)