Fish farming and aquaculture is the world’s fastest growing sector within the food industry, providing nearly 50 percent of fish consumed globally and creating more than 5 million jobs worldwide.

Project Summary

Posted: October 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: general | Comments Off

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Aquaculture is of growing importance to the European Community given the mere
fact that the industry employs the local population in many rural areas of several countries in
Europe. Especially the European fisheries and aquaculture must enhance their
competitiveness while maintaining the sustainable production of aquaculture and marine
resources. The only possible answer is to use highly advanced technologies for fish farm
management; to create a competitive, sustainable and multifunctional fisheries and
aquaculture systems and to optimize the quality of products along with fish health and

The advance of climate change, leading to warmer water temperatures, will make the
monitoring of the state of the water environment even more important. For cold-water
species, such as Atlantic salmon, warmer water means that more energy is consumed for
maintaining basic life functions; hence less energy is available for growth and coping with
stress (i.e. farming operations, diseases, poor water environment etc). A continuous and

reliable system for monitoring the aquatic environment so that the farmer can make informed
decisions is therefore essential for the future growth of the industry.
Very similar challenges arise in highly stocked ponds or raceways. Recirculation systems
conditions are generally easier to control but their success is closely related to the reliable
function of monitoring equipment. This underlines the need for continuous and precise
monitoring of the aquatic environment, fish behaviour and the functionality of technical
equipment, particularly in highly stocked fish farming facilities. Intelligent monitoring and
control systems for fish farming may enable a controlled and safe environment for production
of fish in with a certification for high quality. With appropriate risk management these
systems may generate labor, food savings, energy savings, limit disease and mortality,
prevent catastrophic losses, increase yields, and provide favorable economic outcomes of
the enterprises.
The overall aim of this programme is networking and increased collaboration between groups
in Europe, China, USA and Canada working on intelligent sensor network and system
technologies for fish farming. This is a relatively young but quite promising research area.
Recent developments show evidence that the technology and its applications will spawn a
global scientific community. The exchanges planned in this project helps the European
researchers to connect better to the international partners active in this area and to execute
international research on a high level. The expertise of the partners involved in this proposal
ranges from the marine to inland fishery, from micro-electronics nanotechnology to wireless
sensor network, from information & communication technologies to marine & fishery
technologies. Methodological approaches are complementary, covering field and laboratory
experimental works, numerical modeling and system integration.