The Aquaculture Innovation Network (CSN-INTRAN) was an EU funded (5th Framework RTD, 2004-07) project with the objective to enhance innovation and technology transfer within the European aquaculture sector and to support small and medium sized companies in the sector to develop and adopt new technologies and practices. The project especially focused on the New States that joined the EU in 2004 and opportunities for innovation through transfer of technology and business know-how. Specific initiatives included building collaborations to license and introduce vaccines to the Polish and Estonian trout farming sectors, to support product and market development for Hungarian and Czech carp producers and foster collaboration across countries to improve and implement recirculated aquaculture technologies. A further aspect of the project was linkages with other EU funded innovation projects across a wide range of sectors to share generic skills, competences, insights and knowledge.
The Institute of Aquaculture (University of Stirling) coordinated the project which involved the following other partners: Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP), European Aquaculture Society (EAS), EUROFISH, SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture AS (Norway), the Research Institute for the Exploration of the Sea -IFREMER (France), Aquapark Association (Hungary), University of South Bohemia and Research Institute of Fish Culture and Hydrobiology (Czech Republic), Double Delta Ltd (Hungary), Hodowla Ryb Paraszyno (Poland), Estonian Agricultural University (Estonia), Aqim (Iceland), Aquaculture Vaccines Ltd. (UK), and Aquacultur Fischtechnik GmbH (Germany).