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Ongoing Research Projects - – National Center for Mariculture

  • The impacts of biological invasions and climate change on the biodiversity of the Mediterranean Sea
Grant/Contract: Italian Ministry of the Environment and Tel Aviv University
PI: A. Diamant
Collaborators: Tel Aviv University

  • Feed requirements and growth performance of juvenile Grey mullet
Grant/Contract: Fish Breeders Association
PI: G. Kissil
Collaborators: Tzemach Feed Mill

  • SELFDOTT From capture based to SELF-sustained aquaculture and Domestication Of bluefin tuna, Thunnus thynnus
Grant/Contract: European Community
PI: H. Rosenfeld
Collaborators:Multinational project coordinated by IEO, Spain

  • Fish Fertility Center
Grant/Contract:I.C.A. Foundation
PI:H. Rosenfeld

  • Commercial development of super potent hormones for fish reproduction Technological Incubator (Maayan Ventures Ltd.).
PI:H. Rosenfeld

  • Integration of Gilthead seabream, Sparus aurata, culture with shellfish and seaweeds in a polyculture system to increase profitability and reduce environmental enrichment
Grant/Contract: US Agency of International Development, MERC Program 
PI: M. Shpigel, G. Kissil
Collaborators: National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Egypt; Stevens Institute of Technology, USA

  • Comparison of stress responses between strains of the gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata) intended for use in land-based mariculture in the Arava and Negev
Grant/Contract: The Negev Development Authority
PI: S. Gorshkov, B. Ron

  • Increasing fish production by improving aeration performances
Grant/Contract: I.C.A. Foundation
PI: N. Mozes

  • CORALZOO - The development of an SME friendly European breeding program for hard corals
Grant/Contract: European Community
PI: M. Shpigel
Collaborators: Multinational project coordinated by The University of Wageningen , Holland

  • FINEFISH - Reduction of malformations in farmed fish species
Grant/Contract: European Commission
PI: A. Tandler, B.Koven
Collaborators:Multinational project coordinated by F.E.A.P.

  • COMPETUS - Genetic improvement of farmed sea bass Dicentrarchus labrax: strain testing and response to selection
Grant/Contract: European Commission
PI: B. Ron
Collaborators:Multinational project coordinated by IFREMER

  • Artificial reefs for environmental management in the Gulf of Aqaba
Grant/Contract: US Agency of International Development, MERC Program
PI: A. Diamant
Collaborators: Ben Gurion University; Marine Science Station, Aqaba, Jordan

  • Land based mariculture wastewater treatment - keeping the Red Sea clean
Grant/Contract: US Agency of International Development, MERC Program
PI: N. Mozes
Collaborators: Marine Science Station, Aqaba, Jordan; Technion, Israel

  • ENVIROPHYTE - Improvement of cost effectiveness of marine land based aquaculture facilities
Grant/Contract: European Commission
PI: M. Shpigel
Collaborators: Multinational project coordinated by I.O.L.R.

  • Upgrading the value of grey mullet culture Israel through "Karasumi" production
Grant/Contract: Ministry of Agriculture
PI: H. Rosenfeld
Collaborators: I.Magen, Fisheries Department, Ministry of Agriculture

  • Development of an environmentally- friendly alternative for sex reversal in tilapia
Grant/Contract: Ministry of Agriculture
Investigator: H. Rosenfeld
Collaborators: I. Magen, Fisheries Department, Ministry of Agriculture (P.I.)

Recently Completed Research Projects – National Center for Mariculture
    • SPIINES - Sea urchin production in integrated systems, their nutrition and roe enhancement
    Grant/Contract:European Commission
    PI:M. Shpigel
    Collaborators: Multinational project coordinated by Loch Duart Ltd., 

    • Improving fry quality, survival and growth in commercially farmed fish by dietary stimulation of thyroid hormone production in premetamorphosing larvae
    Grant/Contract:U.S.–Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund
    PI:B.Koven, B. Ron
    Collaborators: University of Hawaii, USA 

    • Reduction in fish meal and fish oil dependency in feeds for gilthead seabream and hybrid striped bass and their effect on product quality, consumer health and acceptance
    Grant/Contract: U.S.–Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund
    PI:G. Wm. Kissil
    Collaborators: University of Maryland, USA

    • Novel marine natural products from sponges and associated microorganisms
    Grant/Contract: U.S.–Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund
    PI:M. Shpigel
    Collaborators: Tel-Aviv University; University of Maryland USA

    • Development of artificial microdiets for fish larvae
    Grant/Contract: FeedPro Ltd.,Israel
    PI:B. Koven, A. Tandler
    Collaborators: FeedPro Ltd.

    • Optimal control and management of super-intensive production system in aquaculture
    Grant/Contract: Ministry of Agriculture
    PI:N. Mozes
    Collaborators: Technion, Volcani Inst.

    • Pilot project for intensive, environmentally-friendly, land-based mariculture
    Grant/Contract: Ministry of Agriculture; I.C.A. Foundation; Argad Ltd
    PI:N. Mozes (Project Coordinator)
    Collaborators: Ardag Ltd.

    • REPRO-DOTT - Reproduction of the Bluefin Tuna in captivity – A feasibility study for the domestication of Thunnus thynnus
    Grant/Contract:European Commission
    PI:H. Gordin, H. Rosenfeld
    Collaborators:Multinational project coordinated by Instituto Espanol de Oceanografia, Spain.

    • ZAFIRA – Zero discharge aquaculture by farming in integrated recirculating systems in Asia
    Grant/Contract:European Commission
    PI:A. Tandler
    Collaborators:Multinational project coordinated by Wageningen University, Netherlands.

    • BRIDGE-MAP – Bridging genomes: An integrated genomic approach toward genetic improvement of aquacultured fish species.
    http://www.bridgemap.tuc.gr
    Grant/Contract:European Commission
    PI:B. Ron, S.Gorshkov
    Collaborators:Multinational project coordinated by Institute of Marine Biology of Crete, Greece.

    • GENESIS – Development of a genetic approach to sustainable integrated marine aquaculture for European environments and markets.
    Grant/Contract:European Commission
    PI:M. Shpigel (also Project Coordinator)
    Collaborators:Multinational project coordinated by IOLR

    • MyxFishControl – Diagnosis, epidemiology and control of an enteric myxosporosis of commercial Mediterranean fish
    Grant/Contract:European Commission
    PI:A. Diamant
    Collaborators:Multinational project coordinated by Consejo Superior de Investigaciones, Spain.

    • Inducing sterility in farmed fish by disrupting the development of the GnRH system
    Grant/Contract:US – Israel Binational Agricultural R&D Fund
    PI:H. Rosenfeld
    Collaborators:Tel-Aviv University; University of Maryland, USA

    • Spawning induction of grey mullet (Mugil cephalus) and the production of all-female population
    Grant/Contract:Ministry of Agriculture
    PI:H. Rosenfeld
    Collaborators:Dan Fish Farm, Kibbutz Dan

    • Culture of grey mullet (Mugil cephalus) in Egypt and Israel
    Grant/Contract:US Agency of International Development, MERC Program
    PI:A. Tandler, G. Kissil, I. Meiri
    Collaborators:National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Egypy;
    Stevens Institute of Technology, USA

    • Development of a novel technology for super-intensive fish farming with high levels of ammonia
    Grant/Contract:Ministry of Agriculture
    PI:N. Mozes
    Collaborators:Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

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