Project Description

About AquaMMS

Increasing seafood production through intensification in aquaculture recirculating systems (RAS) has inherent risks additional to those that are already well understood by the aquaculture sector such as pH decline, rising carbon dioxide concentrations, phosphate and nitrate levels. By reducing the volume of new water replacement, the farmer can reduce the cost of water pumping and temperature control, whereas reduced daily water replacement may lead to accumulating levels of pollutants unless they are specifically monitored and removed before the fish welfare is affected. In the event of a sudden deterioration in water quality, farm managers have very limited time to react to safeguard stock. At the opposite end of the technology spectrum, pond farmers are unlikely to be able to detect the accumulation of certain pollutants that can impact product quality and render it unfit for consumption. Therefore, it has becoming increasingly clear that unexpected water quality problems can develop as a result of using RAS technology.

AquaMMS will involve eight partners; three RTDs and five SMEs from four different countries. The project is divided into eight work packages and will run over the course of two years from start-up in October 2013. The project is EU FP7 funded under the grant agreement no. 606496.

Expected outcomes

The AquaMMS will develop a new real-time online multi-sensor monitoring device for the aquaculture industry. The device will use an array of advanced approaches, including mass spectrometry and optical technologies, to measure a wide range of parameters that can affect the water quality in fish farms, more specifically in recirculation systems. This new technology will provide immediate advanced warning of potential harmful substances which allow the farmer time to take a management decision like increasing oxygen flow or employing a specific water treatment to rectify the problem.

Work packages

Work package 1:Design criteria

Objectives: To gather all necessary data and user requirements to make a final list of parameters and specifications, which will govern the development in WPs 2-

Work package 2:Development of interfaces and vacuum system

Objectives: To develop a novel membrane inlet (MI) methodology to enable deployment of a miniature mass spectrometer within the aquaculture environment.

Work package 3:Development of orthogonal sensors

Objectives: To develop a compact fluorescence sensing instrument with arrayed sensing element complement to the MMS system extending and enhancing the detection capabilities of the device for water quality monitoring in aquaculture.

Work package 4:Development of electronic control unit

Objectives: To develop a customised electronic control unit to drive the miniature mass spectrometer including ion source, quadrupole mass filter and detector.

Work package 5:Processing of sensor data

Objectives: To present the essential information to the fish farmer in a comprehensive manner of values and alarm situations in an easy to understand GUI. The system shall continuously monitor the status of the instrument reading values and parameters as instrument status and failures.

Work package 6:Integration and validation of prototype

Objectives: To perform test over time under real conditions to validate long-term monitoring, trends over time and event monitoring which will change the water quality quickly.

Work package 7:IPR, dissemination and training Processing of sensor data

Objectives: To ensure protection of design and foreground, risk management, transfer of generated project results to the SMEs, training of staff in the operation, maintenance and understanding of the developed AquaMMS, and perform dissemination activities 

Work package 8:Consortium management

Objectives: To provide good overall consortium management and coordination.