SME Specific MeasuresQuality of Life and Management of Living Resources
Proposal number EXAW-1999-00863
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
LOCH STRIVEN MUSSELSS2
SICILY FISH FARM S.R.L.S3
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.