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In-situ imaging and recognition of harmful Algal bloom species by artificial neural network

Objective

HAB-BUOY is a highly innovative in-situ moored instrument for the detection of harmful algal blooms (HAB) in coastal waters. Toxic and nuisance species of algae have a serious economic impact on the shell fisheries of the European Economic Zone (EEZ) causing incidences of poisoning in people eating contaminated shellfish. No such instrument exists commercially at present and its manufacture requires the integration of several new and innovative techniques. There is a need for this type of instrument to be built and deployed in coastal aquaculture regions to more effectively monitor the presence of HAB species.

Description of the work
The proposed research will develop HAB-BUOY so that it can image and recognise harmful algae. HAB-BUOY is in essence a microscope coupled to natural object recognition software, which will be operated either underwater suspended from a buoy, or on a mussel-producing raft, or in the laboratory to assist government scientists to monitor HAB algae.

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NIMBUS MANAGEMENT LIMITED
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Unit 3, The New Building, Ellwood Road
Coleford
United Kingdom

Participants (13)

APT PROMOTIONS
United Kingdom
Address
16 The Dale, Wootton Wawen
Warwickshire
CENTRO DE CONTROL DO MEDIO MARINO
Spain
Address
Peirao De Vilaxoan S/n
Vilagarcia De Arousa. Pontevedra
CENTRO UNIVERSITARIO DI SISTEMI INTEGRATI PER L'AMBIENTE MARINO
Italy
Address
Via Opera Pia 13
Genova
CHALLENGER OCEANIC SYSTEMS AND SERVICES
United Kingdom
Address
Meadow Vale 6
Haslemere, Surrey
CONSEJO REGULADOR DE LA DENOMINACION DE ORIGEN PROTEGIDA MEXILLON DE GALICIA-MEJILLON DE GALICIA
Spain
Address
Avda Da Marina 25
Vilagarcia De Arousa (Pontevedra)
CONSORZIO PER LA GESTIONE DEL LABORATORIO DI BIOLOGIA MARINA
Italy
Address
Via August Piccard 54
Trieste
GRAAL TECH SRL
Italy
Address
Via Gropallo 4/10
Genova
HENSEY GLAN-UISCE TEO
Ireland
Address
Coismeigmore, Furbo
County Galway
INSTITUTO ESPAÑOL DE OCEANOGRAFÍA
Spain
Address
Subida Á Radiofaro, 50
Vigo (Pontevedra)
KILLARY FJORD SHELLFISH LTD
Ireland
Address
Bunowen
Leenang, County Galway
MARICOLTORI ALTO ADRIATICO SOC. COOP. A.R.L.
Italy
Address
Villagio Del Pescatore 46
Duino Aurisina (Ts)
MARINE INSTITUTE
Ireland
Address
Abbotstown
Dublin
UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH
United Kingdom
Address
Drake Circus
Plymouth