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Collective Research on Aquaculture Biofouling (CRAB)

Objective

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.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-SME-2
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Funding Scheme

Collective - SMEs-Collective research projects

Coordinator

FEDERATION OF EUROPEAN AQUACULTURE PRODUCERS
Address
Place Saint-exupery 546
Saint-jean-d'llac
France

Participants (23)

ALEVINES Y DORADAS SA
Spain
Address
C/prolongacion Bentejui S/n
Las Palmas
AQUATT UETP LTD
Ireland
Address
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Dublin
BOEMLO SKJELL AS
Norway
Address
Solhogda 14
Rubbestadneset
BORIS NET COMPANY LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Copse Road
Fleetwood
CUDOMAR S.L
Spain
Address
Carrer De Les Drassanes, S/n
El Campello (Alicante)
CURRYGLASS ENTERPRISES LTD
Ireland
Address
Curryglass, Waterfall, Beara
Co.cork
EUROPEAN AQUACULTURE SOCIETY
Belgium
Address
Victorialaan 3
Oostende
FASTNET MUSSELS
Ireland
Address
Gearhies, Bantry
Co. Cork
FISKERI- OG HAVBRUKSNAERINGENS LANDSFORENING
Norway
Address
Pirsenteret
Trondheim
GLOBAL AQUAFISH S.L.
Spain
Address
Ctra. Valancia Km 7,3 Campus Sur Universidad Politechnica De Madrid Edifico : La "Arboleda"
Madrid
IRISH SALMON GROWERS ASSOCIATION
Ireland
Address
Irish Farm Centre, Bluebell
Dublin
JAMES NEWMAN
Ireland
Address
Crookhaven
Co Cork
KINGS LYNN FISHING INDUSTRY CO-OPERATIVE LTD
United Kingdom
Address
True's Yeard, North Street
Kings Lynn
LAKELAND MARINE FARM LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Tich Mhicleoid, Lochgilphead
Argyll
MATERIALS INNOVATION CENTRE B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Clingenburg 12
Hoofddorp
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK - TNO
PROMOCIONES MARSAN S.L
Spain
Address
Almirante Antequera N°10
Santa Pola, Alicante
QUINTA FORMOSA
Portugal
Address
Rua Ataide De Oliveira No 97 3 E
Faro
SAGREMARISCO-VIVEIROS DE MARISCO LDA
Portugal
Address
Beco 1 De Malo No2, Praia De Salema
Budens
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Ireland
Address
Western Road
Cork
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
Address
6 Kensington Terrace
Newcastle Upon Tyne
VAL AKVA AS
Norway
Address
Strand
Kolvereid
VIVEIROS ANA MANJUA, UNIPESSOAL LDA
Portugal
Address
Rua Atada De Oliveira No 97 3 E
Faro