As part of their task to test Eco-intensification of inland fish farming systems, NewTechAqua partner Institute for Research and Technology in Food and Agriculture (IRTA) have been working on the assessment of the proper inland farming systems based on biological, economic and ecological footprint indexes.
To do this, IRTA has to investigate the relationships between different on-growing inland systems and their environmental impact together with their economic performance.
Grey Mullets were selected as the model fish species for these tests because the best feeding practices have been developed already for this species in another completed Horizon2020 project DIVERSIFY.
Today, the Grey Mullets were moved to the aquaponic unit:
For the completion of the system, only the halophyte plants are missing and will be set up in the next few days.
Once done, IRTA will asses the performance of the system and provide a recommendation guide based on biological, productive, water quality and economic variables for their implementation.
Halophytic flora in the coastal zones play an important role in maintaining ecological stability as well as providing food and shelter for a far greater number of animal species. Read more about this topic in this interesting article: Hidden Gems: What are Halophyte Plants?
The research conducted should help guide farmers towards more efficient and sustainable aquaculture practices and provide practical information about the best inland aquaculture system based local issues.