Reducing the environmental impact of sea cage fish farming through the cultivation of seaweeds

Updated 2003-06-23

Although the most visible effect of fish cage aquaculture is the output of particulate organic waste, 80% of the total nutrient losses from fish farming are plant-available as potentially eutrophicating substances. This project will assess the ability of commercially important seaweeds, cultivated in the immediate vicinity of caged fish, to reduce the impact of such nutrient releases. The algae cultivated in high nutrient sites will be tested as a food source for humans and for cultivated shellfish, and a model of the distribution of dissolved contaminants from sea-cage fish farms will be developed to predict the impact of introducing algal cultivation at any site.

Time frame

Status
Ongoing
Project time span
2002 - 2005
Data collection
not specified
Data processing
not specified
Data reporting
not specified

Contact information

Contact person
Maeve Kelly
Address
Scottish Association for Marine Science Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory Oban Argyll PA37 1QA SCOTLAND
Phone
[+44] (0) 1631 559233
Fax
[+44] (0) 1631 559001
Email
ku.ca.lmd@ekm

Parameters and Media

Not specified

Geography

Regions studied
Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory

Data availability

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?
No

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
No
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