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MOREFISH ​Project​​ ​Objectives

  • Increase fish biomass output per unit input (e.g. energy).
  • Increase production efficiency and competitiveness.
  • New production management strategies that minimise environmental impacts (e.g. wastewater treatment; WFD).
  • Develop and demonstrate the use of innovative technologies that improve efficiencies and can accommodate organic classification.
  • Develop benchmarking tools that enable end-users monitor production efficiency and inform key process decisions.
  • Undertake comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of all implemented technologies.
  • Develop new funding opportunities in National and International funding calls (e.g. HORIZON 2020), in collaboration with industry and key stakeholders.

Enhancing Production And Sustainability In Irish Aquaculture

MOREFISH is a Dept. of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), multidisciplinary aquaculture project that develops and tests new innovative technologies and novel processes to significantly improve production management and efficiencies at inland aquaculture sites. The project addresses critically important needs identified by end-users including advanced aeration, efficient production management and benchmarking, and deployment of next-generation pulsed light disinfection technologies. These innovations will have key impacts including (i) enhance production efficiency and sustainability, (ii) reducing environmental impacts of aquaculture production and (iii) improved fish health and reduced finfish diseases/mortalities in rearing systems due to improved operating conditions. The project brings together a critical mass of engineering and scientific expertise, industry stakeholders and policy-makers, commercial operators and international experts.

MOREFISH will target the development of beyond-state-of-the-art approaches that will increase fish biomass yields, productivity and stocking densities, mitigate contamination and cross-infection, and reduce production costs and waste.  The project proposes a number of key pilot sites (in partnership with industry) to demonstrate key innovations. These pilot sites have been strategically chosen to be representative of the inland aquaculture industry.