MOREFISH, MOREFISH: Enhancing production and sustainability in Irish Aquaculture
MOREFISH is a Dept. of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), multidisciplinary aquaculture project that develops and tests new innovative technologies and novel processes to significantly improve production management and efficiencies at inland aquaculture sites. The project addresses critically important needs identified by end-users including advanced aeration, efficient production management and benchmarking, and deployment of next-generation pulsed light disinfection technologies. These innovations will have key impacts including (i) enhance production efficiency and sustainability, (ii) reducing environmental impacts of aquaculture production and (iii) improved fish health and reduced finfish diseases/mortalities in rearing systems due to improved operating conditions. The project brings together a critical mass of engineering and scientific expertise, industry stakeholders and policy-makers, commercial operators and international experts to respond directly to pressing technical and policy gaps identified by this DAFM call that cites sustainable aquaculture as a priority with particular relevance to management and alleviation of finfish diseases through development of novel innovations. Specifically, MOREFISH will target the development of beyond-state-of-the-art approaches that will increase fish biomass yields, productivity and stocking densities, mitigate contamination and cross-infection, and reduce production costs and waste. The project proposes a number of key pilot sites (in partnership with industry) to demonstrate key innovations. These pilot sites have been strategically chosen to include key production facilities such as trout production, Atlantic char production and smolt for salmon production.
If you want to read more about this project, you can do so at erc.epa.ie.
Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine
Dr. Eoghan Clifford
Keywords: Fish; Aquaculture; Technology; Sustainability; Water reuse; Treatment; Wastewater; Energy