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ENVIGUARD Investigates Aquaculture Health Challenges

Lucy Towers
22 October 2014, at 1:00am

EU - The ENVIGUARD project has started a research survey for the environmental and fish health challenges that European aquaculture faces.

The questionnaire aims to understand the main problems encountered within seawater aquaculture due to fish diseases, algal blooms and chemical pollutants.

It also aims to learn about the current monitoring practices, associated costs, and if farmers are interested in better monitoring systems. By learning about the farm locations and set-up, the results will provide insight as to the logistical needs required for such new technologies.

ENVIGUARD is a European Research funded project under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). It aims to develop a highly specific and precise measurement device for currently hard to measure man-made chemical contaminants and biohazards (toxic microalgae, viruses, bacteria, biotoxins and PCBs) that can be used as an early warning system in aquaculture and environmental monitoring.

The survey will run from October to November and participants can answer it online in six languages on www.enviguard.eu and clicking on ‘Survey’.

This research is being carried out by the AquaBioTech Group, (www.aquabt.com) and the University of Istanbul (www.istanbul.edu.tr).