Heralding the transformation of UK open water seafood sustainability
The impact for Scotland, UK and global salmon production could be game-changing in the current quest to discover scalable solutions to address the industries current high farmed fish mortality rates, water pollution concerns and fish escape.
Closed contained marine farm benefits from:
- Control of water quality/internal environment
- Exclusion of water-borne diseases, and algae, sea lice, jellyfish, and predators
- Prevention of escapes
- Capture of the waste for removal and treatment, reducing impact on the marine environment, and potentially recycling or re-use
- H&S benefits and operational efficiencies within a controlled working environment
- Durable, low maintenance, emptied and cleaned between crops
- Unique mooring system which required only 5% of the seabed lease area to grow an equivalent biomass
Part of the UK’s national agenda to double production and economic contribution by 2030, inventor of the SeaCAP Rodger Taylor said: “Although significant progress has been made in recent years, current salmon farming still encounters various challenges associated with ‘open water’ production… We believe the SeaCAP has the potential to transform both Scottish and global salmon production. It has been in development for a number of years, and we’re delighted that its potential has been recognised.”
SeaCAP innovation partners are Agri-EPI, Aqua Innovation Ltd, QED Naval Limited, Sterner, Northern Light and Lloyd’s Register.
Supported by the Agri-EPI Centre network
Agri-EPI is supporting the project. through its membership network, by organising an industry-led expert steering group to ensure the innovation is developed in-line with supply chain needs and challenges.
QED Naval, responsible for the Naval Architecture and Hydrodynamics, said:
“We are delighted to be involved and help bring this revolutionary idea to the market where it can have a dramatic impact on fish welfare in an environmentally sensitive, and commercially viable way.”
Sterner AquaTech, who are designing the Water Quality and Life Support systems, said:
“Environmental pressures are only going to increase in our industry, and SeaCAP is a unique answer to many of those concerns and could be the model for sustainable farming in the near future.”
Lloyds Register will be undertaking validation of the design in a subsequent stage of the project.