European aquaculture industry can be considered to be at a crossroads in its development. Overall it has experienced a steady growth and for some species even an impressive growth in production over the last years and decades. If we try to assess the general prospects for its future development, we can identify on the one hand a promising potential for further growth and on the other hand significant market changes and increasing pressures on the industry in relation competition from non EU countries, food safety, the protection of the environment and the management of coastal zones and aquatic resource.
Our idea is to develop a cost-effective mussel-harvesting machine for off shore harvesting of quality blue mussels from long line systems and automatic re-tubing of under-sized examples for grow-out. This includes development of a device for the release of droppers, a device that fastens the re-tubed socks to the long line, and development of a harvesting technique with focus on product quality.
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Funding SchemeCooperative - SMEs-Co-operative research contracts