2017 to 2020
Program type



The project seeks added value and new markets for squid, octopus and cuttlefish fishery catches and products, while assuring sustainable exploitation. In north Europe, these are underutilized while in the south added value is more important. The WPs include market and consumer research (for the entire value chain), product development, marketing and design of a sustainability toolkit. Partners include research institutions, NGOs, producer organisations, wholesalers and certification bodies.

The project aims to develop new markets and products based on cephalopods (squid, octopus, cuttlefish), increasing the profitability of the value chain, and helping to make fishers more competitive in the Atlantic Area. It will enhance capacity to deal with economic challenges arising from the Landing Obligation, globalization of markets, etc., while assuring sustainable fishing. Cephalopod stocks are not subject to quota management at EU level and opportunities exist to further develop fisheries and markets. The project will connect fishermen to new markets for cephalopod products, add value to existing products, and aim for better prices for cephalopods from the Atlantic Area. Biological and socioeconomic sustainability will be carefully audited throughout the project. The objectives of the proposed project are to: a) Add value to cephalopod products: development and promotion of new products, new market initiatives (e.g. certification) and business opportunities for this sector b) Improve knowledge of the value chain ("from sea to table"), factors affecting sustainability in the short term (e.g., low prices, imports, consumer demand) and potential market developments in the long term c) Improve knowledge of eating habits and acceptance of new cephalopod food products by consumers in North and South Europe d) Ensure sustainability of fishing activity by assessing status of stocks, fisheries and ecosystems based on biological and socioeconomic indicators.

Union Européenne (Fonds Européen de Développement Régional) Programme INTERREG V "Atlantic Area"

Project coordinator:  :
National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway),  responsable : Anne Marie Power

  • NUI Galway (IR)
  • Universidade de Aveiro (PT)
  • Associação de Armadores de Pesca de Fuzeta (PT)
  • Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (SP)
  • Instituto Español de Oceanografia (SP)
  • Université de Caen Normandie (FR)
  • Irish South and Wzest Fish Producers Organisation (IR)
  • Galway mayo Institute of Technology (IR)
  • Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Foundation (USA)
  • Quadralia (SP)
  • Cooperativa de Armadores de Pesca del Puerto de Vigo (SP)
  • Marine Stewardship Council (UK)
  • Atlantic Gate Ltd (UK)