Memorandum of understanding on COST Action 867 on welfare of fish in European aquaculture (link)

November 16, 2005

Brussels, 15 November 2005

Full text of Document 315/05
Suite of documents 315/05

14 November 2005

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
Subject: Memorandum of Understanding for the implementation of a European Concerted Research Action designated as COST Action 867 "Welfare of Fish in European Aquaculture"

Attached is the abovementioned Memorandum of Understanding signed in Brussels on 13 October 2005 by the Netherlands, on 14 October 2005 by Denmark, Norway and Poland, on 18 October 2005 by Iceland, on 19 October 2005 by Cyprus, and on 24 October 2005 by the United Kingdom.

The Signatories to this Memorandum of Understanding, declaring their common intention to participate in the concerted Action referred to above and described in the Technical Annex to the Memorandum, have reached the following understanding:

1. The Action will be carried out in accordance with the provisions of document COST 400/01 "Rules and Procedures for Implementing COST Actions", the contents of which the Signatories are fully aware of.

2. The main objective of the Action is to improve the knowledge on welfare of fish and formulate a set of guidelines embodying a common and scientifically sound understanding of the concept of welfare in farmed fish and to construct a range of targeted operational welfare indicator protocols to be used in the industry.

3. The economic dimension of the activities carried out under the Action has been estimated, on the basis of information available during the planning of the Action, at Euro 120 million in 2004 prices.

4. The Memorandum of Understanding will take effect on being signed by at least five Signatories.

5. The Memorandum of Understanding will remain in force for a period of five years, calculated from the date of first meeting of the Management Committee, unless the duration of the Action is modified according to the provisions of Chapter 6 of the document referred to in Point 1 above.

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