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iFishIENCi

Intelligent Fish feeding through integration of enabling technologies and circular principles

The iFishIENCi EU funded project is bringing together 16 partners in a trans-disciplinary effort towards making genuine improvements to fish farming worldwide. Fish aquaculture is essential for providing healthy food to a growing world population, but its success depends upon our ability to find more sustainable farming practices. This means more effective ways of monitoring fish-health and welfare, as well as more efficient ways of feeding fish that reduce pressure upon the source of fish-feed ingredients, such as agricultural crops and wild-caught fish for fishmeal and oil. The ambition of iFishIENCi is developing and demonstrating disruptive IoT/AI based innovations, considering the feeding value chain as a whole, and addressing four commercially-important species, with fish quality as focus.

Through close collaborations between engineers and fish biologists, the smart feeding and monitoring systems will be more elaborate and precise. We will identify new value chains for the valorisation of specific waste (dirty water, sludge) from different production systems, leading to zero-waste target and value creation. We will also demonstrate how strain selection and smart breeding can support optimizing the feeding efficiency for alternative feeds in African catfish where cheap and sustainable feed ingredients would be essential to ensure the growth of EU production and fulfil the protein needs of the developing countries.

 

At a glance

Project goal: The overall goal of the iFishIENCi project is to provide new intelligent feeding technologies to support ambitious, but sustainable growth for the European aquaculture industry.

Project period: From 2018-2023

Funding: 6 million €

Financed by: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 818036.

Project focus: Digitalisation and circular value chain

Project value: Improved feeding control, focus on circular economy and advanced methods in water monitoring and digital decision support.

Contact person:
Björgólfur Hávarðsson
Innovation Manager
bjorgolfur@seafoodinnovation.no
+47 92 21 27 27
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