Project Description

AGAPE represents a collaborative platform, AI based, able to bring to the EU aquaculture market, education approach, consumers and research ecosystems, for the first time, an innovative model of interaction among stakeholders and broaden community on skills, capabilities and competencies, globally and in real time. AGAPE’s main scope focuses on promoting the transition from the ordinary aquaculture market to a circular economy approach in the aquaculture field on re-skilling processes and awareness of cross knowledge while answering to an effective market demand of competences. AGAPE also helps companies to understand the capabilities of their workforce, compare those against industry benchmarks, identify emerging and future skills, and address gaps with “build, borrow, buy or bot” strategies; ensuring an agile and evolving workforce plan that adapts to the ever-changing business needs.

AGAPE contributes to achieve the objectives indicated in the Strategic Guidelines for the Sustainable Development of EU Aquaculture for the expansion of the aquaculture sector across the EU, together with the improvement of the perception and acceptance of aquaculture development, relies also on the need to implement formal engagement toward more effective communication systems among stakeholders. Besides, AGAPE implement the EU Pact for Skills, ’21 more than 54% of all workers need re/up-skilling by ‘24. Lastly, it pursuits the goal of quickly adjust the changing requirements of workforce over the pandemic scenario across the globe.



Demand‐driven higher education for students and professionals

The mission is to support and enable an increase in value creation of a sustainable European aquaculture sector across the supply chain by providing technical expertise, business support, funding, training, and promoting responsible environmental practices. AGAPE is a ready-to-use collaborative platform able to maximize aquaculture practices into smarter and more sustainable circular systems along the entire supply chain.

Capacity building at individual, regional and sectoral levels leading to new businesses created, and high‐potential businesses supported to deliver results aligned to our Strategic Objectives

Capacity building, data analysis competences, and interaction with research, for example, become pillars to define a new ecosystem where business are able to improve the health of oceans, build stronger coastal environments and boost blue economic activity at different levels of interactions. It is clear that entrepreneurial blue economy of aquaculture has a potential for increasing seafood production and a strong connection to Blue-Green integration.



Task 2.1

  • NewCo co-creation
  • Skills Trend analysis

Task 2.2

  • The NewCo establishment
  • Skills Map analysis.
Task 2.3
  • Skills service solution.
  • Skills Map analysis

Task 2.4

  • Skills service solution

Milestone: AGAPE Beta version delivery of all services ready to market.

Task 3.1

  • AGAPE Model Design
  • AGAPE PaaS Integration

Task 3.2

  • Agreements for the integration of third-party services
  • Integration of engagement content for peer education (video and blog).

Task 3.3

  • AGAPE PaaS Integration
  • Switch to dedicated cloud server.

Milestone: AGAPE peer education (video and blog from users).

Task 4.1

  • Data Collection
  • Related terms – from lexical databases and social media will be extract hyperlink terms of the initial set of soft skills by querying the databases.

Task 4.2

  • Related Terms
  • Alternative labels

Task 4.3

  • Related terms – from lexical databases and social media will be extract hyperlink terms of the initial set of soft skills by querying the databases.

Task 4.4

  • Alternative labels


  • taxonomy process methodology.
  • scientific international publication.
  • protocol for training new skills in sustainable Blue carriers, with the individuation of structured career path through the provision of life long.

The International courses aims to create highly specialized professionals, based on managerial approaches. The professional training is finalized to increase “base competences” of workers in Blue and Circular knowledge focus on sustainable aquaculture, environmental and administrative knowledge.

task 5.1 Engagement is the integration of the courses in the AGAPE “skill service solution”


  • Scientific international publications
  • Certification’s delivery
  • 10 courses on market
  • AGAPE Visual identity, PP’s release both, scientific papers and forefront articles.
  • Periodic infographic of the project.
  • Newsletter to stakeholders and community engagement on the AGAPE portal.

Milestones: Fulfilment of communication and dissemination plan.


Project Impact

AGAPE impacts the potential for aquaculture development for at least 4 main reasons:

  1. reskilling opportunities,
  2. gender gap management and inclusion of workers with special needs,
  3. creation of new sustainable job opportunities for next generation, and
  4. alignment of the inhomogeneous contribution of single EU countries to the EU Blue Growth (BG) value chain.

Project Partners


About Milcoop

Milcoop’s role is to develop the AGAPE Collaborative Platform, which will be focused on new approaches to collaboration, information and on innovative paths toward the transition to a circular economy in the aquaculture sector according to SDGs Europe 2030 Agenda. For growing businesses, intelligent and integrated content services, repository federation, and cloud availability are now driving differentiation and revolution in an established market. In this rapidly changing digital age, with an independent culture of business performance, teams rely on the best team collaboration software for their daily business functions. To this aim, Agape brings for the first time to EU aquaculture market, education, consumers and research ecosystems, a new model of collaborative platform that merges tools useful for the transition from the ordinary aquaculture market to a circular economy aquaculture market.

AGAPE is composed of two different set of services, one connected with the exchanging of information, ideas and establishing collaboration with interested parties such as customers, end users, industries, suppliers, business partners, potential competitors.

The role of Milcoop in the project

The scope of Milcoop’s task is the creation of innovative and collaborative processes that enable knowledge transfer sharing across Europe, particularly addressing SMEs’ needs and/or local community involvement.



FOCOS – Food Consulting Strategically is a team of experts in scientific communication. This includes disseminating scientific information to different audiences at various levels. Audiences range from consumers to factory workers, management staff and executives with varying levels of knowledge on a given subject area. As such, FOCOS is contracted by numerous companies and international not-for-profit organizations to generate content that is understood at the different audience levels.

The role of FOCOS in the project

For the AGAPE project, this entails securing a web domain, design the website, including the creation of a logo, and logo-font if appropriate, build, with the input from the partners, the content of the webpage, promote the website and its content on social media channels, jointly with the partners. Also, one or more webinars, where the partners present their developments and the benefits of AGAPE will be created. FOCOS will design and build the webinar on an appropriate platform and to promote the activity.



The National Federation of Fishing Companies (FEDERPESCA), established in 1961 and since then a member of CONFINDUSTRIA, associates, represents and protects Italian shipowners and companies in the fishing sector in the Public Administration, Parliament and the European Union. FEDERPESCA is part of the National Fisheries Observatory, the Bilateral Fisheries Authority (E.BI.PESCA) and the Supplementary Assistance Fund of the National Health Service (FIS Pesca) for the management of the regulatory institutions provided for by the C.C.N.L of Fishing.

The role of FEDERPESCA in the project

Federpesca’s task is to engage a team of experts in International development, politics, pedagogy and content production who work for global education and sustainable development. The objective of the task is to develop a set of training modules on the path of the 2030 Agenda on sustainable development and to offer a series of in-depth analyzes, accompanied by multimedia educational contents, interactive exercises and references to the European aquaculture sector.

Consorzio Gargano Pesca

About the Gargano Pesca Group

The Gargano Pesca Group (GPG) was founded in 1997 and consists of 6 companies operating in the Blue Economy sector: integrated multi-trophic aquaculture, shellfish farming, production and processing of microalgae, organic fish farm and educational. With AGAPE we are in the position to foster a smooth transition to the new realities of the future world of work by assisting in the development of skills policies and systems linked to labour market needs; anticipating and building competencies for the jobs of the future ; and, supporting the social inclusion of disadvantaged groups in skills development.

The role of the Gargano Pesca Group in the project

GPG’s role in the project is to integrate the “skills service solution”, a web based solution developed on an IA Algorithm (Quantum Labour Analysis) into the Agape, by matching jobs and applicants based on skills. The “skills service solution” is the the roadmap to supporting workers and businesses better understand the skills they have today, the skills they will need tomorrow, and the pathway to remaining relevant and competitive in a time of rapid change and disruption. Leveraging real-time aquaculture labour market intelligence helps to understand the capabilities of European workforce in the sector, compares those against industry benchmarks, identifies emerging and future skills, addresses gaps with “build, borrow, buy or bot” strategies; ensures an agile and evolving workforce plan that adapts to the aquaculture circular economy ordinary and business needs.

University of the Peloponnese

About the University of the Peloponnese

The University of the Peloponnese was established in 2000 and accepted its first students in 2002. It has its headquarters in Tripoli and is developed at the level of integrated schools in the capitals of the prefectures of Peloponnese. The headquarters of the University of the Peloponnese is in Tripoli and it comprises of nine (9) Schools and twenty two (22) Departments located in the five capitals of Peloponnese Region (Tripolis, Corinth, Nafplion, Sparta, Kalamata, Patras). It offers studies in all cycles of learning: undergraduate, postgraduate and Doctoral as well as Life Long Learning activities. The aim of the establishment and operation of the University of the Peloponnese is the creative contribution to the development of higher education in the Greek region, with high quality standards corresponding to the content of studies, research and teaching in the requirements of a modern University with national, European and international scope. The organization offers postgraduate training to graduates in health or food sciences and engineering or other related scientific specializations.

The role of the University of the Peloponnese in the project

The role in the project is to define the taxonomy of existing skills and those that will be generated by the needs of the labor market, and by the innovation generated in the transition to a modern aquaculture sector centered on the circular economy and the 2030 SDGs.