New EU-funded research to focus on farming fish on land

Irish Times –

Environmental conflicts over fish farming may be reduced if new EU-funded research on land-based aquaculture bears fruit.

The two-year project involving scientists from NUI Galway (NUIG) and Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) aims to apply new technology to rearing fish in freshwater sites inland.

Funding has proved to be one of the most significant barriers to farming finfish onland, rather than at sea, and a report for the Irish Salmon Growers’ Association (ISGA) two years ago said that capital costs were too high to make it viable here.

However, so-called “closed” systems relying on recirculated water onland may reduce the disease risks and potential impacts on marine environments – which are subject to State regulation.

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