Complementarity with other research programmes
CephsInAction aims at using its unique platform joining stakeholders and the scientific community of researchers working on cephalopods and other taxa, to discuss welfare guidelines and practices.
This platform will tie in with present and past European supported programs such as COPEWELL and WELLFISH, which focus on fish welfare in European aquaculture species. It is worth stressing that, at the moment, there is no structure in place at a European level providing such a network between cephalopod researchers and other stakeholders. This need is emphasized by the lack of research activities on cephalopod aquaculture development funded by FP5, FP6 and so far by FP7, restricting cephalopod research to national funding, with poor international cooperation. However, the COST framework will serve as a basis for such cooperation. It will inject international know-how into projects funded on a national level, and will promote joint projects through site specific programs including forthcoming Horizon 2020 calls, and existing European Research Networks ASSEMBLE.