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SME Specific MeasuresQuality of Life and Management of Living Resources

Exploratory Award

Proposal number EXAW-1999-00863

AcronymBRIMA

Proposal titleBiofouling Reduction In Marine Aquaculture

AbstractBIOFOULING causes serious technical and financial problems for European marine

aquaculture. Structural fouling causes increased loads, abrasion, clogging and enhanced drag.

For cultured animals, fouling can overgrow them, compete for space/resources and reduce

growth to uneconomic levels. Financial impacts can be enormous, ranging up to total loss

of product. The project has two basic OBJECTIVES : A) To devise and test novel

approaches to antifouling, B) To develop and disseminate approaches to fouling

management. OBJECTIVE A is divided into categories : a) Biological methods b) Physical

Methods c) Chemical methods. OBJECTIVE A will be attained by laboratory and field

testing at sites throughout Europe. OBJECTIVE B is divided into categories: a) Data

collection b) Systematic explicit soccioeconomic research c) Development of a

decision-support tool c) Dissemination. OBJECTIVE B will be attained by desk

study/literature search and interaction with industry.

Key ActionQOL-5.   Key action Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Start date6/07/2000End date6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 projectCooperative Research (CRAFT)Duration Exploratory Phase8 months

SME CoordinatorMr JOHN MURPHYCompany sizeS3

FASTNET MUSSELS LIMITED

GEARHIES, BANTRY

CO CORK

Ireland

Phone: 3532761276

Fax: 3532761264

Email: Fastnet@tinet.ie

SME Proposer(s)

LOCH STRIVEN MUSSELSUnited KingdomS2

SICILY FISH FARM S.R.L.ItalyS3

Profile of partners for joining the project

Business areas5 - Fishing, operation of fish hatcheries and fish farms; service activities incidental to fishing

29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.

CommentsWe wish to locate other aquaculture SMEs that suffer foulingproblems, net/cage

manufacturers and manufacturers of equipmentdesigned to remove hard fouling organisms

from the shells ofshellfish.

Last update18/6/2001

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