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Collective Research on Aquaculture Biofouling (CRAB)


The objective is to develop sustainable non-toxic effective antifouling management strategies for the European Aquaculture Industry.

Biofouling is a problem in all sectors of the European fish-farming industry. Costs estimates for small shellfish producers indicate that biofouling leads to annual costs of +/-e96000 per year. Effective control of the problem is expected to reduce annual production costs throughout the industry by 5-10% and secure the quality of product.

Keeping environmental impacts low whilst optimising the techniques will be a key driver in the approach. This will ensure sustainable solutions are developed. The project requires collaboration between aquaculture workers and RTD experts including material scientists, biologists, engineers, managers and trainers. Workpackages will include: 1) Assessment of Requirements & Selection of Strategies; 2) Development and Modfication of Technology 3) Laboratory Testing; 4) Farm Trials Programme; 5) Risk Assessment: Environmental and Economic; 6) Dissemination: Fouling Control Guidelines & Recommendations; 7) Project Management.

In going beyond the state-of-the-art key initial RTD will focus on, but not be restricted to: Biological control; New materials; Electrical methods generating biocides (CI-) or pH shifts; New Shellfish handling and immersion techniques; Optimised Cleaning techniques; and developing an improved knowledge base of biofouling that will allow simple avoidance measures to be examined.

Outcomes will include better technology (biological controls; new materials; cleaning strategies);better management options; training and guidelines to Best Available Practice.

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