• Aerial image showing cages of aquaculture in warm water


Intelligent Management System for Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture

The IMPAQT project aims to pave the way to both a more environmentally friendly and more efficient i.e. higher yielding European aquaculture industry.

In this context, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) is acknowledged as a promising solution for the sustainable development of the sector, however, has been tested only at very small scale in Europe, while management of large-scale IMTA areas remain difficult.

Within IMPAQT, we work to design and implement an advanced model for IMTA production as well as an Integrated Management System (IMS). With access to six pilot sites within and outside Europe (i.e. IMPAQT systems), our work will focus on the following key objectives:

  • >Design and implementation of efficient and cost-effective technologies for the monitoring and management of IMTA production systems
  • >Validation of the IMPAQT systems and IMTA model (in-situ), and of the seafood product quality (laboratory)
  • >Demonstration of an optimal sustainable IMTA development, based on ecosystem services and circular economy principles
  • >Promotion of effective knowledge transfers between IMPAQT derived activities and EU aquaculture stakeholders

Based on a strong collaboration among 21 EU and non-EU partners, IMPAQT promotes the eco-intensification of European aquaculture by demonstrating the eco-efficiency and minimization of environmental impacts, enabling socio-economic benefits and ecosystem services, and promoting the transition towards a circular economy business model.

SAMS core competences for the IMPAQT project comprise seaweed mariculture, biogeochemistry analysis, and environmental impact assessment.

Our main role is the sustainable cultivation of seaweeds at our coastal farm site in Port-a-Bhuiltin. In connection with this, environmental (pelagic and benthic) parameters at site are being closely monitored, also to provide the data needed for sensor and technology developments during the IMPAQT project.

SAMS is involved in six out of seven work packages (WPs), being either a partner or lead beneficiary for specific tasks and/or deliverables.

Our main contributions involve the following work packages:

WP1: Framework Specification & Architecture Design

WP4: Integration, Pilots Implementation and Lab / In-Situ Validation

WP5: Sustainability & Circular Economy Approach

WP6: Exploitation & Commercialization of IMPAQT Outputs