Today the majority of aquaculture production is done in land-based flow-through or pond systems, marine cages or recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) with a range of production costs and environmental impacts. The increasing demand for fish has resulted in more costly, intensive fish aquaculture solutions with increasing sizes in rearing environments on land (RAS), coastal (semi-closed containment systems) and off-shore systems. This leads to new challenges to reduce stress for maintaining fish health and welfare in these systems. Reducing stress will reduce its deleterious effects on fish behaviour, development, feeding, growth, reproduction, and immune function, improving overall health and welfare (Ebbesson and Braithwaite 2012).
Fish-Talk-To-Me encompasses fish tagging technology for continuous gathering of fish physiological data, camera technology for automatic assessment of fish behaviour, echo-sounders, and a digital twin of fish digestion efficiency (FishMet). It integrates a set of technologies and data processing systems for integration with online monitoring systems.
iBOSS is a development of a flexible Biology Online Steering System (iBOSS), which will monitor all aspects of fish and their environment critical for healthy, sustainable farmed fish. It will maximise feed utilization and minimise environmental impacts through Smart Feeding.
Smart RAS is a development of a unique European research, innovation and piloting capacity, based on Recirculating Aquaculture Systems. It will be fully equipped with iBOSS technology and exploited at the global aquaculture market level.
Waste2Value is a set of validated value chain processes for optimal valorisation of waste and sludge from different aquaculture production systems, and accounting for the fish species and feed products.