Given the positive reaction resulting from the Aquaculture Europe 2016 event in Edinburgh, Scotland, 20th – 23rd September 2016, it is clear that aquaSmart has the capability to deliver useful scientific analytic results that can provide fish farmers with data information to help them in the production decision support process.

One of the important questions that aquaculture producers face today is: how to select the feeding rate and thus decide on the appropriate feeding strategy in order to get the most beneficial business results. Significant divergences in feeding values can lead to either overfeeding or underfeeding, which is uneconomical, and not what fish farmers need. The wrong feed parameters will reduce production performance and therefore profit margins.

aquaSmart addresses this issue; it uses data analytics and predictive modelling to reliably predict the Feed Conversion Rate, capturing the underlying inter-correlations between the feed attributes, the feeding rate and the fish growth. The analysis is based on periodic, sampling to sampling, datasets. In short, aquaSmart makes science work for fish farmers. Hence, what aquaSmart aims to provide is a radical new way for providing fish farmers with software and services that is aimed at helping them to improve their productivity, reduce cost (including feed) and increase their profit margin while at the same time support the environment. 

We presented aquaSmart to many fish farmers at the Aquaculture Europe 2016 event.  The feedback obtained has now been taken on-board by our technical team, who met last week in Brussels, to further strengthen the outcome results of aquaSmart for the benefit of the fish farming community.

Moreover, we were delighted to report to Richie Flynn *(IFA aquaculture and a member of advisory board to aquaSmart) on the successful outcome of the Scottish event. The news that additional organizations will use aquaSmart on an initial six month trial base was well received. We now look forward to our meeting with Andromeda, Grammos and Ardag next month in Lisbon to progress our work.

Tom Flynn

Communications Manager.