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Innovations for Irish Aquaculture: Short Video Interviews – Part 5


Learn more about alternative management systems for aquaculture, including integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) and outdoor recirculation systems.

In an ideal world, we would have been coming together shortly as a community to enjoy Cork as it took its turn at hosting Aquaculture Europe. In its absence, IATiP endeavours to continue highlighting relevant technologies and innovations to keep you up-to-date with the many various projects and companies that are of interest to our Irish Aquaculture community. In this challenging time where we are unable to hold face-to-face meetings easily, we have been interviewing a selection of the speakers from the IATiP Conference, which was cancelled earlier this year. The speakers are very kindly providing a taster of their work and welcoming the community to contact them for more information.

In previous weeks, we have looked at topics varying from fish health (Part 1), seaweed (Part 2), and genetics (Part 3) to services that are available to support aquaculture businesses (Part 4). This week, we look at two projects that are exploring alternative management systems for multi-trophic species.

First, we would like to introduce you to Dr Frank Kane, who is a Team Leader in the Aquaculture Section at the Marine Institute. He presents the IMPAQT project, which is developing and testing a multi-functional, intelligent management platform for IMTA production; where IMTA provides the by-products, including waste, from one aquatic species as inputs (e.g. fertilizers, food) for another aquatic species. The ‘dashboard system’ is expected to be completed in 2021 and will gather data, monitor, model, analyse and provide feedback to support decision making. The management system is being piloted in sites in China, the Netherlands, Turkey, the UK, and here in Ireland. By the end of the project, it is hoped that the viability of IMTA in Ireland will be better understood.  To find out more, watch the video, by clicking here.

And the second showcase interview is that held with Dr Damien Toner who works within the Development and Innovation Division at BIM. Damien spoke to us about a project that he is working on at the Mount Lucas Wind Farm where they are exploring the use of outdoor recirculation systems for perch and trout production. Positive results have been gleaned from the split pond system where water is recirculated through treatment ponds, using algae and duckweed to break down the waste produced by the fish. This is limiting the need for water abstraction and discharge from the system, thus mitigating some of the environment impacts of such systems.    To find out more, watch the video, by clicking here.

Do you have knowledge to share?  Are you looking for a solution to help your aquaculture business?

If you would like to be interviewed and featured on the IATiP website, we would love to hear from you.  For all enquiries, please contact us by email (secretariat@iatip.ie).