Since April 2017 ILKNAK S.A. has started collaborating with Prof Batargias Costas of the Fisheries & Aquaculture Technology Dept, TEI of Western Greece for the implementation of a successful long term breeding program. The breeding program aims at both species gilthead seabream and European seabass. Its methodology will be strictly selective breeding based on family selection using molecular markers for the pedigree information as well as for marker assistant selection, incorporating the latest scientific information available to the program. The program will strengthen the position of the company to the market though ensuring its sustainability, competitiveness and profitability as well as ensuring the benefit for the consumer, providing a high quality product.
Prof C. Batargias has more than 20 years experience in aquaculture and applied genetics and selective breeding, starting, organizing and directing for two major companies their breeding programs for 15 years (NIREUS S.A. and ANDROMEDA S.A.). He has participated in many European and national research projects (23) and he has collaborated with many scientists across Europe. He is Director of the Master Degree program in "Sustainable Fisheries, Aquaculture". He has been appointed by the Rector of the TEI-WG as the Head of the Department of Mechanical and Water Resources Engineering and its Temporary General Faculty Assembly.