If left to chance alone, aquaculture ventures are destined to fail. The world’s most successful operations (from offshore sea-pen to land-based pond systems) have three things in common:
We are industry leaders in developing and applying environmental management frameworks for the aquaculture industry, from low-impact sea-ranching operations to significant offshore sea-cage developments.
Consistent with best-practice approaches to environmental management, we apply a risk-based approach using a series of practical, easy to measure, early warning triggers.
Development of thresholds requires expert knowledge of relevant environmental cause-effect pathways, the response of critical biological indicators, and the point at which measured changes in the markers become ecologically relevant. EMPs are essential documents that provide confidence to the regulator and the community that the wastewater discharge is sustainable and manageable under Australian and internationally approved environmental quality management frameworks.
Environmental management is far more than meeting regulatory or ASC requirements; it also has a direct influence on production
From an operational perspective, environmental management is as much about water quality as it is biology. Whether in a pond, raceway, or offshore installation, maintaining good water quality is critical to production. By combining telemetered data systems with numerical modelling, we offer an integrated data management system with the ability to improve understanding of the system’s aquatic dynamics in the present and short-term future.
We understand water: from the physical, chemical, and biological factors that control it to its effect on livestock. Not only do we know water, but we possess the tools to simulate it, map it and visualise it under a range of scenarios.
Our models, for example, are helping farmers to determine the duration of paddle wheel operation required to achieve minimum acceptable dissolved oxygen levels.
Clever application of modern technology, from telemetered loggers to AI-powered Decision Support Systems is revolutionising farm management
One of the elements driving this innovation is the application of ‘smart particles. Smart particles can be programmed to simulate dynamic entities from biochemically active detritus to juvenile turtles to the epidemiology of sea lice through life-history stages.
In combination with our cutting-edge modelling tools and data management and visualisation software, the application of our smart particle technology is providing new insights into the risks posed by sea lice under different environmental, treatment and geographical scenarios.