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IDREEM: Increasing Industrial Resource Efficiency in European Mariculture
For more info: Visit the IDREEM project website
Integrated Multi Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) is a concept where different species (e.g. fin-fish, bivalves, seaweeds) are grown together in such a way that the invertebrates and/or plants can recycle the nutrients that are lost from the culture of the other species. The result is a net reduction of losses to the environment plus new crops to harvest and sell.
Despite being practiced for centuries in freshwater systems, particularly in China, Integrated Multi Trophic Aquaculture is only practiced in the EU by a few specialist companies. The IDREEM project is dedicated to finding out why this is the case and to considering the issues and bottlenecks that may prevent development of this eco-efficient practice.
We will consider social, economic and environmental issues with a view to improving our understanding of the technological and financial issues that may stand in the way of Integrated Multi Trophic Aquaculture being adopted by aquaculture enterprises and also the social issues that influence consumers and the general public so that we can better understand market issues.
The results will focus on providing routes to Integrated Multi Trophic Aquaculture for enterprises in order to create new employment and growth opportunities as well as tasty, healthy seafood and other products. For more information please visit the IDREEM webpage or contact Marieke Steuben at SAMS.
- Loch Fyne Oysters
- Viking Fish Farm
- Scottish Salmon Company
- Longline Environment Ltd
For full List of EU Partners see IDREEM Partners
DEPOMOD and MERAMOD are computer models used for planning and monitoring of sea cage aquaculture. They were initially developed for Atlantic salmonid farms (DEPOMOD) and sea bass and bream farms in the Mediterranean (MERAMOD).
With site-specific information on the current velocity and direction, depth and husbandry characteristics such as feed input and cage layouts, predictions of waste faecal and feed deposition and associated benthic impact near the farms can be obtained. These sea cage aquaculture models assist with regulation of the farms and provide guidance to the industry on selection of sites with good husbandry characteristics. In the UK, the DEPOMOD model is the basis for the AutoDEPOMOD regulatory software package. Several academic papers have been published describing this work.
This project, funded by the Scottish Government, will complete at the end of 2014 with the following aims:
- to recode AutoDEPOMOD in Java in a form that will operate independently of third-party software
- to improve the modelling of re-suspension processes informed by a programme of field and laboratory studies.
Partners: Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Government
For more detailed information, contact our programmer Trevor Carpenter.
Early warning and risk assessment of shellfish toxicity
It is critical to the survival and development of the shellfish aquaculture industry that harvested shellfish are safe for human consumption. Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) pose a serious risk to the industry as toxic algae become bio-accumulated in shellfish flesh, which if subsequently digested by humans serious, in some cases fatal, illnesses including Paralytic, Amnesic and Diarrhetic shellfish poisoning.
Early warning of the likely appearance of HABs allows the shellfish aquaculture sector to plan their harvesting operations in conjunction with their customers. In UK waters the timing, location and magnitude of HABs and subsequent shellfish toxicity is spatially and temporally variable. This makes HAB/shellfish toxicity prediction difficult.
This project seeks to develop a method of enhanced risk assessment for shellfish toxicity that will be based on scientific assessment of a range of data streams, including: the abundance of different HAB species, concentrations different of shellfish biotoxins, satellite derived sea surface chlorophyll (an index of overall phytoplankton biomass), sea surface temperature and meteorological information. Trends are summarised graphically and analysed by expert interpretation to generate a risk assessment.
This information is primarily presented visually through annotated data products (primarily maps), with associated text commentary/interpretation, to make it as accessible to industry as possible. For more detailed information on our HAB research, please contact Professor Keith Davidson.
Partners: Seafood Shetland
Other aquaculture projects
Seaweed as a Solution for Sustainable Economic and Environmental Development: TSB Agri-tech Catalyst Pre Industrial Feasibility Study which aims to address the feasibility of developing commercially viable tank based seaweed cultivation systems. Partners: Otter Ferry Seafish Ltd, Celtic Sea Spice Company Limited (trading as Mara)
TSB/NERC Feasibility Study which aims to assess the feasibility of developing a risk assessment tool for the Aquaculture Insurance Industry to assess the risk to businesses associated with HAB events. Partners: SeaZone, Willis Aquaculture Insurance