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Biofouling reduction in marine aquaculture

Objective

BIOFOULING causes serious technical and financial problems for European marine aquaculture. Structural fouling causes increased loads, abrasion, clogging and enhanced drag. For cultured animals, fouling can overgrow them, compete for space/resources and reduce growth to uneconomic levels. Financial impacts can be enormous, ranging up to total loss of product.

The project has two basic OBJECTIVES:
A) To devise and test novel approaches to antifouling,
B) To develop and disseminate approaches to fouling management

OBJECTIVE A is divided into categories:
a) Biological methods
b) Physical Methods
c) Chemical methods.

OBJECTIVE A will be attained by laboratory and field testing at sites throughout Europe.

OBJECTIVE B is divided into categories:
a) Data collection
b) Systematic explicit socio-economic research
c) Development of a decision-support tool
d) Dissemination.

OBJECTIVE B will be attained by desk study/literature search and interaction with industry.

Coordinator

FASTNET MUSSELS LIMITED
Address
Gearhies, Bantry
Co Cork
Ireland

Participants (1)

LOCH STRIVEN MUSSELS
United Kingdom
Address
33 Kenilworth Road
Bridge Of Allan, Strirling