Title: Tools for Assessment and Planning of Aquaculture Sustainability

Duration: 2016 - 2020



TAPAS is a four-year EU Horizon 2020 collaborative research project formed by 15 partners and aimed to promote and consolidate the environmental sustainability of the European aquaculture sector.

General activities

TAPAS research looks into different aquaculture sectors by performing eight different case studies in both marine and freshwater environments. These case studies will help to test, improve and develop new models for far- and near-field environmental impact assessments, providing better monitoring, observation, forecasting and early warning technologies.

Expected results

One of the key project outcomes is the Aquaculture Toolbox, which provides tools and guidance to support the planning and licensing of aquaculture in Europe. TAPAS will enhance the public image of aquaculture and contribute to a better understanding of the sustainability of aquaculture in the EU.


This project was assessed by the European Commission as relevant to the Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters”, and in particular for its contribution to the prevention and elimination of pollution – nutrients, chemicals, pesticides; as stated in the Portfolio Analysis EU Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030”.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 678396.