Project partner #4
NAME OF THE ORGANIZATION: Madeira Agency for the Development of Research Technology and Innovation (ARDITI)
ADDRESS: Edif. Madeira Tecnopolo, Piso 2, Caminho da Penteada, 9020-105 Funchal, Portugal
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE ORGANIZATION
The Regional Agency for the Development of Research Technology and Innovation – ARDITI, is a non-profit organization, which supports research and innovation, promotes scientific and technological training and contributes to the modernization and development of the Madeira Autonomous Region (RAM). Founded as a ‘Research Unit’ inside ARDITI, the Observatório Oceânico da Madeira (Oceanic Observatory of Madeira) – OOM, gathers the participation of 10 Regional Institutions with research activities in Marine and Environmental sciences and congregates the collaboration of over 30-research scientists (incl. + 15 PhD) from the different institutions. The competences and infrastructures available at the Observatory are those available throughout its partner institutions. The Oceanic Observatory of Madeira it is the materialization of the Madeira strategic program for the development and promotion of Marine Resources and Technologies.
COMPETENCES AND INVOLVEMENT in GoJelly
The ARDITI team is coordinating the Harvesting and Aquaculture WP of “GoJelly”, specifically focusing on jellyfish biomass collection through wild catch when blooms are occurring and on aquaculture innovative techniques when blooms are scarce. This WP will contribute to improve jellyfish harvesting and to develop jellyfish reproduction and rearing methodologies, in order to ensure appropriate biomass to supply for other product lines (biofilter, fertilizer, aqua feeds, cosmetic products and food). Our team will also investigate the use of jellyfish as life feed for commercial species (mainly fish) and to evaluate jellyfish as a raw material for aquatic feeds.