The best information for monitoring and controlling aquaculture infrastructures

We design, develop and apply systems and methods for monitoring and controlling (if possible in real-time) operation conditions and key parameters for environmental quality in aquaculture infrastructures.

Technological solutions include:

  • Video-monitoring systems for safety and environmental purposes (different remote sensing systems with ortho-rectification and data processing).
  • Met-Ocean observing systems from fixed or floating platforms (Physical and chemical parameters).
  • Innovative (semi)-automated observation techniques for addressing phytoplankton dynamics (flowcam, scanning flow cytometry).
  • Integrated approach with different time and scale focuses.

Environmental management solutions include:

  • Organic matter. Sediments are usually used as integrator of accumulative effects.
  • Dissolved oxygen, transparency, Chlorophyll, pH, nutrients, etc.
  • Temperature and salinity, allowing hydrographical characterization.
  • Physical variables (mainly waves and currents) affecting the behaviour of the infrastructure, the stress of individuals, the conditions of operations, etc.
  • Atmospheric parameters (wind, pressure, temperature, solar radiation, etc).
  • Phytoplankton concentration monitoring systems in the water column, taxonomical composition, control of species producing biotoxins.

Operational oceanography nowcasting and forecasting systems (48-96h) for getting the best information possible about sea state, hydrodynamical forcing and environmental conditions.

  • Operational forecasting for waves, 3D currents, temperature and salinity.
  • Plume dispersion modelling for different spills produced in aquaculture exploitation (waste, food).
  • Floating particles transport forecasting (accidents, oil spills, drifting of elements, etc).

We provide the best information possible about sea state, hydrodynamical forcing and environmental conditions.

 

Applicable sectors

  • Public administrations and official bodies (polygons management).
  • Aquaculture firms(management and optimization of offshore installations)

Advantages

  • Operational safety and remote-control of structural integrity for open-ocean aquaculture devices
  • Possible remote-detection and mitigation of interaction with other activities and predators.
  • Reduction of maintenance costs and optimization of routine operations.
  • Acquiring data and reference time-series for continuous improvement of engineering system and components.
  • Risk management and reduction (safety, environmental impacts, accidents, toxicity)
  • Assessment of key challenges for marine ecosystem health.

The monitoring systems represent a reduction of maintenance costs and optimization of routine operations.


Implementation

  • Cameras for offshore installations.
  • Quick and easy installation.
  • Real time images at (via computer or mobile phone).

Proven track record

  • Design of coastal observing networks in Spain and France
  • Maintenance of monitoring infrastructure for open ocean aquaculture devices.
  • Operations of observing programmes
  • Coastal operational modelling system implementation
  • Data flow to end users through web services
  • R+D European project (FP7 JERICO, INTERREG LOREA)