AZTI is a private non-profit research foundation established in 1981. AZTI carries out strategic and applied research, providing innovative solutions to customers, generating new knowledge. It is a centre of excellence in research, development and technological transference in the fields of Oceanography, Marine Environment, Fisheries and Food Technology. AZTI’s expertise spans a large array of topics including data collection, stock assessment, fisheries and marine socio-economics, fishing technology both harvesting and processing, aquaculture, marine monitoring and quality assessment, marine spatial planning (MSP), ocean renewable energies, energy efficiency in maritime transport, etc. AZTI has also coordinated 10 EU research projects and been an active participant in over 50 EU-funded projects of different topics, tasks and objectives in marine environment.
In the field of fisheries small scale fisheries, AZTI’s multidisciplinary team has provided support to the Basque Country Small Scale Fishing Sector throughout the value chain, comprising collection of socio-economic, biological and environmental data, resource assessment, fishing gear technology, and fish handling and processing, amongst others. AZTI has expertise in measuring the impact of fisheries and marine management decisions on the social fabric of fishing communities, having even assessed the impact of diverse uses of the seas (e.g. aquaculture, marine renewable energies) on the small scale fishing activity and provided criteria to spatial management of coastal areas. AZTI has also provided scientific support to the fishing sector in diverse working groups within the South Western Waters AC.