Irish aquaculture study to focus on benefits of closed water systems
By Undercurrent News Jan. 11, 2018 1
A new European Union-funded research project, involving two Irish universities, could make the case that closed water circulation system reduce the environmental conflicts associated with aquaculture facilities, the Irish Times reports.
The “Ecoaqua” project, the name of the two-year study, is expected to analyze the environmental impact and energy performance at three existing freshwater aquaculture sites in Ireland, focusing on the sustainable re-use of treated water. Partners for the project involve two tank-based salmon smolt production units, a perch and tench cultivation site, and a trout farm.
The effort has received €350,000 ($421,000) in assistance from the European Maritime Fisheries Fund and is being administered by Ireland’s maritime agency, Bord Iascaigh Mhara. It involves scientists from two Irish universities, the National University of Ireland Galway and Athlone Institute of Technology.
Ireland published a strategic plan for further developing its aquaculture business in 2015, setting goals of growing production across all species, including shellfish, from 40,000 metric tons annually to 45,000t by 2020, the newspaper notes.