The project will provide a scientific rationale for the establishment of a cost-effective rearing system (the Shallow Raceway System) and effective husbandry strategies for several highly priced cultured fish species. As the rearing system can be combined with recirculation systems, the concept will promote aquaculture in regions otherwise impedimented from this industry. The new farming concept will significantly reduce the overall logistic needs with respect to buildings and water supply system and through its compactness and extended automation. The new concept may in fundamental ways open up for a new era in fish farming in Europe by substantially reducing start-up costs and operational costs. Due to the compactness, these farms can be building blocks in Industry Parks for Aquaculture. It will also be able to exploit almost unused resources like effluent heated water from a variety of industries and ground well water with a wide range of salinities. To ensure rapid industrial benefit and exploitation of the achievements, several European industrial farmers, culturing a wide range of species, will participate in the project. Subsequently the hyper-intensive technology may be implemented in commercial-scale by the SMEs involved and among other enterprises throughout Europe. The wide scope for further increase in productivity should prevent outsourcing of the aquaculture industry to low-cost countries. This project is submitted under the thematic programme Food Quality and Safety, area 5.4.6: Safer and environmentally friendly production methods and technologies and healthier foodstuffs. A priority object is to develop lower input, resource-saving, farming systems for delivering safer, healthier and more varied foodstuff that respond to consumer expectations. In response to this objective the proposed project aims at developing a new and sustainable compact hyper-intensive production system for enhanced land-based aquaculture covering the whole production chain.
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