Swansea University

Swansea University (SU) has experience from numerous national and international R&D projects, among others several EU Framework Programme projects. SU has been selected as an RTD partner in this project on the basis of expertise on the performing fish behaviour studies and knowledge about farmed aquatic species. SU will be strongly involved in the biological related studies necessary to develop FishScan. SU will especially provide knowledge regarding fish behaviour and performing experimental research with fish. Furthermore, SU will lead the litterateur studies to form the scientific basis of the project and participate in the integration and testing to validate the system in a real fish farm setting.

Swansea University Aquaculture Wales (AqWa) is a publicly-supported, applied research group located within the Swansea University (SU), UK. AqWa’s research and technology development (RTD) activities are directed towards integrated aquaculture systems that cater closely to farmed species’ physiological needs for optimal performance, while maintaining a low environmental impact. AqWa provides applied RTD, information, advisory and training services to businesses, governmental bodies, NGOs and the general public. This work is directed at the efficient and sustainable production of high quality foods and added value products from cultured aquatic organisms, both within the UK and internationally. Key areas of expertise within the group include applied immunology and health management of marine fish, nutritional requirements and feed formulation for farmed fish and shellfish and development of environment-controlled aquatic rearing systems incorporating water recirculation technology. AqWa performs RTD on behalf of commercial farmers/aquaculture service providers, research councils and governmental institutions, in the UK and internationally.

The Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture Research (CSAR,) located at Swansea University, and the experienced research and technical team offers a range of RTD services via CSAR’s own state-of-the-art facilities, drawing also on the comprehensive laboratory analytical, IT, library and teaching resources of affiliated units at Swansea University. The Centre comprises a series of controlled environment laboratories incorporating water recirculation technology, with programmable air and water temperatures; lighting (light intensity, photoperiod); salinity; pH and redox. These are designed for culturing a wide range of aquatic organisms, from temperate-to-tropical and freshwater-to-marine environments, at scales ranging from laboratory- to pilot commercial scale (rearing systems up to 60,000 litre volume). Because of its co-location with the Swansea University, the Centre has access to and applies a comprehensive range of laboratory analytical technique. The Institute for Environmental Sustainability at SU furthermore provides direct access to laboratories and expertise in biological, engineering, geographical and socio-economic sciences. Analytical capabilities include haematological and immunological factors, nutrients, elemental and stable isotope composition, particles and complex fluids.

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