Spanish offshore aquaculture project
The Spanish Association of Marine Aquaculture Producers (APROMAR) has begun working on a project to develop a technology capable of measuring fish biomass levels in offshore aquaculture cages.
This technology will develop processes to determine production levels, the average size of the fish and the total number of specimens, at any given time and under commercial production conditions.
This project may provide a solution to one of the most important and widespread technological problems related to aquaculture: establishing biomass levels in real time. Having this information would provide important advantages for this type of production, including optimisation of food, reduction of environmental footprint, real evaluation of population and control over fish escapes.
In order to develop this initiative, APROMAR will collaborate with the Andalusian Aquaculture Technology Centre (CTAQUA) and the Research Institute for Integrated Management of Coastal Areas (IGIC) of the Valencia Polytechnic University. Specifically, CTAQUA will be in charge of coordinating the project’s scientific-technical development and IGIC will participate in the technological development of new processes to control fish culture.
The project is called Designing technologies to calculate total fish biomass levels in offshore aquaculture facilities, and the budget is €214,000. The Spanish Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs, through the General Secretariat of Marine Affairs, will provide €175,000 as part of funding for the Technological Development of Fishing and Aquaculture for 2011.
The project’s scope of action is on a national level and it will be developed within a timeframe of two years, with the results due to be revealed in February 2014.