Propagating Seaweed for a Sustainable Future

ECSafeSeafood - Project Closed


This is an FP7-project with that will run

from 2013 up till and including 2017.

The exact details of the project can

be found on this page:


Start Date: 1st of January 2013

End Date: 31st of January 2017

Duration: 42 months


Project Website:


Articles published on this project:

Horizon 2020 Magazine Online (27-05-2015)


Project Aim/Goals:


Seafood has been recognised as a high-quality, healthy and safe food type and is one of the most important food commodities consumed worldwide. However, seafood, like other types of food, can also be a source of harmful environmental contaminants with potential to impact on human health.


ECsafeSEAFOOD will assess food safety issues related to priority contaminants present in seafood as a result of environmental contamination (including those originating from harmful algal blooms and those associated with marine litter) and evaluate their impact on public health. ECsafeSEAFOOD will provide scientific evidence to serve as a basis for further development of common food safety, public health and environmental policies and measures, by seeking to establish a quantitative link between the contamination of the marine environment and that of seafood.



“The ECSafeSeafood project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework

Programme (FP7/2007-2013) for research, technological development and demonstration

under grant agreement n° 311820.”


Role of Hortimare within the Project:


Hortimare plays an active role in this project, having it's highlights in Work Package 3, and in specific

in Task 3.4.1 (Phycoremediation). The task involves mitigation strategies involving industrial processes. Hortimare supplies wild green, brown and red seaweed species which are collected in European coasts. These will be transfered into tanks for growing. After cultivation, the uptake of priority contaminants will be determined for some weeks and the physiological response of the plant will be evaluated. Ranges of these tests will be executed and will provide a clear overview on how seaweed reacts to contaminants present in various sites around Europe.





  • Instituto Nacional de Recursos Biologicos I.P. INRB, Portugal
  • Fundacion Azti, Spain
  • University Mariboru, Si
  • Univerity Gent, Belgium
  • Veterinaerinstituttet, Norway
  • Institu Catala de Recerca de l'Aigua Fundacio Privada, Spain
  • Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Denmark
  • Eigen Vermogen van het Instituut voor Landbouw en Visserijonderzoek, Belgium
  • ICETA - Instituto de Ciencias e Tecnologias Agrarias e Agro-Alimentares, Spain
  • Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek, The Netherlands
  • Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain
  • Aeiforia Srl, Italy
  • AquaTT UETP Ltd, Ireland
  • Agence pour la Recherche et la Valorisation Marine, France
  • Norway King Crab AS, Norway
  • Polyintell SAS, France
  • Hortimare, The Netherlands
  • Dan Salmon, Denmark

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