Sea-CAP closed contained aquaculture pen (RD109)

Aim:

Sea-CAP will be a new floating contained marine farm to grow salmon in the optimum environment. The project aims to focus particularly on control of water quality, exclusion of external biological factors which can impact on fish health and preventing pollution from faeces and waste feed.

Funding Amount:

£190,000

Duration of Project:

TBC

Project Summary:

Aqua Innovation are developing the Sea-CAP, a new floating contained farm to grow salmon smolts to full harvest weight. Our objective is providing the optimum environment for the fish, with control of water quality, exclusion of external biological factors which can impact on fish health and preventing pollution from faeces and waste feed.

The first stage is the detailed design of a prototype 6,000m3 closed contained farm to grow smolts from 100g to 1kg for on-growing in traditional sea cages. This is in line with the Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum report SP011 “Technical Considerations of Closed Containment Sea Pen Production”, to which Aqua Innovation contributed. The main benefits of the closed contained marine farm are;

-Control of water quality/internal environment

-Exclusion of water-borne diseases, and algae, sea lice, jellyfish and predators

-Prevention of escapes

-Capture of the waste for removal & treatment, preventing pollution of the seabed, and potentially recycling or re-use

-H&S benefits and operational efficiencies within a controlled working environment

-Durable, low maintenance, emptied and cleaned between crops

– Unique mooring system which requires only 5% of the seabed lease area to grow an equivalent biomass

The Sea-CAP is designed to suit Scottish conditions, with modular construction allowing different sizes to be built and cost-effective mass production. The Sea-CAP will allow the Scottish industry to expand sustainably, delivering a larger more robust fish to the open cage marine sites, shortening the marine crop duration to harvest, and re-opening many of the 121 licensed sites in Scotland not currently producing. 

STATUS: Ongoing

Project Lead

Aqua Innovation Ltd