Q-Validus secures €370,000 for aquaculture project

Pictured: Tom Flynn, Garry Cleere and Dudley Dolan, Q-Validus



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30 March 2015 | 0

Q-Validus, an Irish certification standards company, has secured €370,000 from the AquaSmart project funded through the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme.

The focus of the €3.1 million project is to enhance the innovation capacity within the aquaculture sector by helping companies transform captured data into knowledge, and by sharing this knowledge to improve efficiency, increase profitability and carry out business in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way.

This includes data dissemination and engagement of participants across the sector as well as the establishment of a Big Data fish farm analytics standard in line with the CEN (European Committee for Standardisation) Workshop Agreement protocols.

Q-Validus will be involved in the quality assurance elements of the project.

Garry Cleere, managing director, Q-Validus, said: “The development of a fish farm analytics standard led by Q-Validus will help companies to better estimate daily biomass, optimise feeding rates and management practices. This will improve the FCR (feed conversion rate), meaning less feed will be provided to the fish and, therefore, less organic material and energy are consumed for the production of the feed, which will also have a further positive impact on the environment.”

The AquaSmart project is led by Waterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG).

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