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BIOFAQs

BIOFiltration and AQuaculture: an Evaluation of Substrate Deployment Performance with Mariculture Developments


WELCOME TO THE BIOFAQs WEBSITE

'Biofouling' on a mooring rope in the Red Sea, EilatBIOFAQs was supported by the European Commission through the 5th framework programme for "Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources"

This project aimed to demonstrate the effectiveness of 'biofilters' (biological filters) on reducing the environmental impact of intensive mariculture.

This pan-European project included partners from the United Kingdom, Israel, Slovenia and Greece and the objectives related to the use of biofilters in inshore coastal waters of all these countries.

The project had 3 main objectives:Many fish are attracted to the artificial reef in the Red Sea, Eilat

  • To quantify the effectiveness of the biofilters in reducing the impacts of mariculture across Europe from both an economic and environmental perspective.

  • To determine the best design and placements of the biofilters, accounting for differences in geography, hydrology, nutrient input etc. between countries.

  • To examine the environmental and regulatory options governing the use of the biofilters at the end of their life-span and to provide detailed economic analyses of biofilter use compared to existing filtration methods.

The 3 year project was completed in December 2003 and the final report was sent to the EU Commission in January 2004. Results will be published in 2004 via peer-reviewed journals, trade articles and the website.

The BIOFAQs Team:

The BIOFAQs Team (Jan 2001)

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Project Co-ordinatorDr Kenneth Black Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory, Oban, Argyll PA34 4ADTel: +44 (0) 1631 559000; Fax: +44 (0) 1631 559 000; E-mail: kdb@sams.ac.uk

Scientific Co-ordinator: Dr Dror Angel Israel Oceanographic & Limnological Reserch, Eilat, Israel. E-mail: dror@mit.edu

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