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EU Funding To Support SMEs Working To Improve Fish Farm Productivity…

Submitted by on December 9, 2013 – 8:27 am |


EU FUNDING TO SUPPORT SMES WORKING TO IMPROVE FISH FARM PRODUCTIVITYAfter receiving €2.7 million funding from the EU’s 7th Framework Programme, the AQUAlity project has been launched to improve Recirculated Aquaculture Systems (RAS) technologies which currently limit the location and productivity of fish farms.

Despite RAS successfully minimising the amount of required water, meaning a fish farm can be sited anywhere, current technologies still pose challenges which the AQUAlity team aims to tackle. ;

For instance, the lack of standardised key components require expensive, customised solutions which need to be implemented for each project. These tailored parts also mean a higher skill level is required to maintain the farm itself.

The AQUAlity project also intends to improve the management and surveillance of the RAS biofilter. The team will look to address this through the provision of a standardised open platform technology, lowering the cost for farmers by developing a multi-sensor unit to measure water quality parameters.  This, coupled with an intelligent control system that is automatic and contains knowledge of the farmed species, will reduce the skill level required for the operative.

Dr Katherine Blades, Project Manager at UK ISRI, said: “Expansion of this farming sector will depend on the continued improvement of RAS design and the optimisation of both build and operating costs. This is where AQUAlity will play a pivotal role. We’re proud to be a part of this innovative project, which simultaneously supports SMEs across Europe.”

The project will develop a multi-sensor automated water quality monitoring and control system for continuous use in RAS. The main outputs are:

  • A new Multi-sensor prototype
  • A Control system prototype
  • Customised ammonia and nitrite sensor
  • Database and Training material to improve best practise among fish farmers

The AQUAlity project consists of the following 13 project partners:

Bodrum Milas Su Urunleri Yetistiricileri Ve Ureticileri Birligi (Turkish aquaculture association)

Stowarzyszenie Producentow Ryb Lososiowatych (Polish aquaculture association)

Asociatia Nationala a Producatorilor Din Pescarie (Romanian aquaculture association)

Associazione Piscicoltori Italiani (Italian aquaculture association)

Productschap (Aquaculture association, The Netherlands)

Truchas De La Alarria (Spanish fish farmer)

Artec Aqua AS (SME technology provider, Norway)

Oxyguard International AS (SME technology provider, Denmark)

Fischzucht Abtshagen GmbH&Co (German fish farmer)

NOFIMA AS (Research partner, Norway)

Philips Electronics Nederland (Research partner,The Netherlands)

The UK Intelligent Systems Research Institute Limited (Research partner UK)

The project is coordinated by EUROFISH (International Organization, Denmark)

For further information on UK ISRI visit http://www.uk-isri.org/ or visit the project website at http://www.aqualityproject.com/.


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