What we do
The iFishIENCi is an EU funded project, in which 16 partners takes part in a trans-disciplinary effort towards making genuine, worldwide improvements to fish farming. The project is jointly led by NORCE and AquaBiotech Ltd, Malta. The project aims to make the smart feeding and monitoring systems more elaborate and precise through close collaborations between engineers and fish biologists. The project also targets circular principles and zero waste by qualifying new and sustainable organic value chains for feeds, and valorisation of by-products. Assets will be maximized through a comprehensive sustainability assessment and engagements with the sector, regulators and consumers. Through the project, one wants to 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.
Why is this important?
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. At the heart of iFishIENCi is the Biology Online Steering System (iBOSS) that will significantly improve production control and management for all fish aquaculture systems. Through continuous monitoring of fish health and welfare, and big data analytics, iBOSS will optimise feed utilisation while reducing environmental footprint and maximizing value creation.
The ambition of iFishIENCi is to develope and demonstrate disruptive IoT/AI based innovations, while considering the feeding value chain as a whole, and addressing four commercially-important species, with fish quality as focus. More specifically, this means more effective ways of monitoring fish-health and welfare, and 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.
Click here to read more about the project on the EU's webpage.