Cage Aquaculture

General

The AquaBioTech Group is able to provide a complete service from project design all the way through to installation and commissioning. Projects of all sizes are undertaken, including assistance in procurement of equipment, technologies and staff for new projects.  

 

Experienced in designing offshore aquaculture projects for some of the most exposed sites, our engineers work with cage manufacturers and mooring experts to safely move fish farms further offshore.

 

 

Near Shore

Whilst the availability of near-shore locations is rapidly decreasing due to competition from other users, there are still a number of countries where near-shore cage operations are feasible.

Undertaking intensive aquaculture close to shore posses a number of environmental issues such as water exchange modelling and bioremediation and biological issues such as adequate oxygen levels in the water. These and many other factors require adequate consideration and planning before commencement of operations.

 

 

Offshore

Offshore cage aquaculture is widely seen as forming a major part of the future for the global aquaculture industry. Despite these projections technically there are still a number of major challenges that require high-level planning in order to make the operations feasible. 

 

There are a number of cage companies that offer offshore solutions, but this is only one part of the operation and other technologies and operational procedures are just as important to consider.

 

The AquaBioTech Group has experienced staff and personnel who are able to assist in all aspects of offshore cage culture from cages and moorings, to feeding, harvesting and service / support craft.

 

 

Services provided by the AquaBioTech Group :

  • Bathymetric Surveys
  • Technical and Biological Support
  • GIS Aquaculture Development
  • Site Assessments
  • Feasibility Studies & Project Planning
  • Technology Sourcing
  • Conceptual Planning Using 3D CAD Software
  • Installation; Including Third-Party Quality Control
  • Full system design, including mooring design
  • Commissioning and technical training
More information can be found here.

Bathymetric Surveys

Seabed assessments and bathymetric surveys are an integral part of any modern aquaculture development. The AquaBioTech Group uses a number of advanced survey and analysis methods so as to model and predict ideal site locations based on available and collected data.

 

Moorings Design

The design of any mooring grid is an essential part of any cage aquaculture project as it forms the very foundation of the company. The AquaBioTech Group is capable of preparing detailed structural plans for the creation of simple and complex mooring solutions for a variety of weather conditions.

 

 

Site Assessments

For new developments the AquaBioTech Group can undertake a complete assessment for projects, including site selection, financial reviews and technical / non-technical surveys.

For existing developments, AquaBioTech Group undertakes complete technical assessments and troubleshooting for a variety of on-growing operations, developing detailed proposals for mitigation.

 

The AquaBioTech Group also advises on regulatory control, infrastructure requirements, environmental issues and other matters necessary to ensure sustainable aquaculture development.

 

Technologies

A large variety of technologies from various suppliers are required for any sort of new aquaculture development or existing venture.  As part of the services the AquaBioTech Group offers its clients, the company sources a large variety of equipment ranging from nets, cages and vessels to oxygen meters and microscopes.

 

As the AquaBioTech Group does not manufacture any equipment of its own, we are able to offer our clients a truly independent assessment of what equipment is best for each project concerned.  In conjunction with this and due to our extensive purchasing power we are also able to secure the very lowest prices for our clients and ensure that all of the products are compatible and functional for the project concerned.

GIS-Based Aquaculture

Sustainable aquaculture requires a suitable aquaculture resource allocation system. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is an appropriate tool to implement in a flexible planning approach to facilitate resource allocation.This is because it incorporates physical, biological and economic parameters into specialized analyses. GIS is a useful tool for Aquaculture and Fisheries due to the spatial nature of the factors involved with fisheries operations & aquaculture development. GIS provides a support aid to managers built up with the outputs from the GIS, and perhaps other related material. It also allows managers to have a glimpse at opportunities for potential expansion of aquaculture sites and improvement of existing operations. 

 

Remote sensing combined with GIS provides a visual assessment of site conditions. Site suitability and proximity analysis could be easily conducted using GIS as a tool. We can offer our clients an effective, sustainable detailed project planning for an aquaculture project by combining our expert knowledge of aquaculture with GIS and Remote Sensing. With our extensive experience in this field we are able to offer a complete knowledge based package to use as a tool in providing support for baseline audits and property transactions.