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Biofiltration and aquaculture: an evaluation of hard substrate deployment performance within mariculture developments

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-1999-30305
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-12-2000
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 2,491,340 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,300,000 EUR
Scientific Officer: Dominique LEVIEIL
Research topic: 5.1.2. Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture

Abstract:
Marine cage fish culture deposits untreated solid wastes on the seabed below cages which has a deleterious effect on the benthic environment. It is proposed to examine the hydrodynamic, chemical and biological consequences of treating this waste in situ by deploying hard substrates with large surface area below cages (biofilters) in contrasting environments. The performance of such biofilters will be examined using a combination of mesocosm and field experiments at pilot-scale sites. The pan-EU legal and socio-economic implications of biofilter deployment will be examined in detail. It is hypothesised that biofilters will increase the rate of organic matter remineralisation which will, across a range of sites, decrease the environmental impacts of mariculture and/or increase the environmental carrying capacity.


Coordinator
Kenneth BLACK
Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory
Oban
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1631 559259
Fax: +44 1631 559001
E-mail: kdb@dml.ac.uk


Partners
  Dror ANGEL
Israel Oceanographic & Limnological Research Ltd.
Eilat
ISRAEL
Tel.: +972 7 636 1440
Fax: +972 7 637 5761
E-mail: angel@agri.huji.ac.il
  Ehud SPANIER
University of Haifa
Haifa
ISRAEL
Tel.: +972 4 8240782
Fax: +972 4 824 0493
E-mail: spanier@research.haifa.ac.il
  Alenka MALEJ
National Institute of Biology
Piran
SLOVENIA
Tel.: +386 05 674 7121
Fax: +386 05 674 6347
E-mail: malej@nib.si
  Yannis KARAKASSIS
Institute of Marine Biology of Crete
Heraklion
GREECE
Tel.: +30 81 346860
Fax: +30 81241882
E-mail: jkarak@imbc.gr
  Helen PICKERING
University of Portsmouth-Higher Education Corporation
Southsea
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 23 9284 4086
Fax: +44 23 9284 4037
E-mail: Helen.Pickering@port.ac.uk
  Ken COLLINS
University of Southampton
Southampton
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 23 8059 6010
Fax: +44 23 8059 6010
E-mail: Kenneth.J.Collins@soc.soton.ac.uk
  Sonja LOJEN
Institut "Jozef Stefan"
Ljubljana
SLOVENIA
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Fax: +386 611885346
E-mail: Sonja.Lojen@ijs.si