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TitleUISCE Project - Vitual Aquaculture (GIS modelling application for bay and site specific aquaculture production scenarios)
AuthorDallaghan, B.
Original Publication ReferenceDallaghan, B. 2009. UISCE Project – Virtual Aquaculture. Aquaculture Ireland. Yearbook 2009. No. 128. pp 6-7.
Spatial Tool GIS
Aquaculture Issue Addressed Anticipating the consequences of aquaculture
Abstract / DescriptionBord Iascaigh Mhara commissioned a national pilot study from 2006-2008, to develop a desktop computer system to allow end users run aquaculture and water quality scenarios of interest to them. The objectives of the project were to: 1) develop a suite of computer models to facilitate the prediction of different aquacultures and water quality scenarios which could influence the nature and/or scale of shellfish aquaculture activity in a bay area; 2) to provide decision support system, based on the suite of computer models, to the aquaculture industry with respect to the best locations and optimal size of shellfish aquaculture sites; 3) to provide an information base and liaison facility for industry. The decision support system enables shellfish producers optimize aquaculture operations in a virtual environment by examining different husbandry scenarios without incurring the financial risk such experimentation would incur in real-life. Shellfish producers can use this application to assist in developing site specific husbandry strategies based on the output from the system. The graphical user interface for the decision support system has been developed within a customised GIS environment which facilitates location specific predictions from the suite of computer models and allows for the modelling and reporting on issues surrounding the shellfish aquaculture industry from a ‘macro’ or bay scale level through to a ‘micro’ or individual animal level. Project Benefits: The primary deliverable from the project is not a ‘once off’ report. The resultant desktop application can be used repeatedly by growers and functionality added and refined as required. This system gives growers access to the best science that’s out there and the knowledge, in software form, of international experts. The system makes it easier to understand embayment from a food and flow perspective thus allowing growers to move away from ‘trial and error’ aquaculture. The data generated by this project forms an information base for industry and other state agencies. This data can be built upon and put to a variety of uses. Lessons learned and industry advice which was gleaned during the course of this project has been included in this report.
Main Environment Marine; Brackishwater
Culture System On bottom; Long lines
Organism Division (FAO ISSCAAP) Molluscs
Water System Bay
Genera and SpeciesMytilus edulis & crassostrea gigas
Target Country IRELAND
Target AudienceThe target audience for the application is all stakeholders in the fields of aquaculture production, management and policy implementation.
Duration of the Study and Year BegunTwo years Started on 01/01/2006
Personnel InvolvedProject Director: Dr. Terence O’Carroll, Aquaculture Executive, Bord Iascaigh Mhara; Project Manager: Mr. Ben Dallaghan, GIS Specialist, Bord Iascaigh Mhara; Technical Manager: Mr. Alan Berry, Managing Director, MarCon Computations International.
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