The aim is to improve aquaculture systems by advancing economically sustainable practices and fish welfare utilizing advanced technical and scientific methods. The partners will investigate and improve the use of flexible shielding skirts to prevent ectoparasite infestations (e.g. sea lice) in relation to finfish farming, investigate the effect of marine organisms growth on these structures and suggest innovative, safe and efficient underwater monitoring procedures. To accomplish the project goals, validated numerical fluid-structure-interaction (FSI) methods and 3D underwater image processing tools will be used. Further project outputs are sensor placement and deployment strategies as well as frameworks for combining numerical methods and image processing tools to deliver solutions for cost-efficient structural health monitoring of complex marine infrastructures.
FLEXAQUA is funded by the MarTERA partners Research Council of Norway (RCN) and Irish Marine Institute (MI) and co-funded by the European Union.
Dr Pascal Klebert, SINTEF Ocean, Norway
SINTEF Ocean, Research institute, Norway
Trinity College Dublin, University, Ireland
University College Dublin, University, Ireland
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, University, Norway
Ireland's Seafood Development Agency, Other, Ireland
Egersund Net AS, SME, Norway
Marine Harvest Ireland, Large scale entreprise, Ireland