External Organisations

  • Danish Aquaculture Organisation, Denmark
  • UltraAqua, Denmark
  • Model fish farmers, Denmark

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The aim of this project is to identify new applicable measures and management strategies to optimize trout production in recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), in particular the model trout farms. Model trout farms have gained lots of positive attention since their recent launch, as the rearing concept allows increased production, increased water reuse, and decreased nutrient discharge with obvious advantages for the natural fish fauna. Currently, model fish farms have generally experienced a certain fish mortality related to pathogens and suboptimal water quality. Scopes for improvement have been identified in terms of more focus on chemical and (micro-)biological water quality.

The project includes four interrelated work packages:
1) Biological filtration (stable, optimal nitrification, nitrite accumulation issues, biofilter kinetics and management)
2) Denitrification: self-contained, operational end-of-pipe solution to reduce N-total from model trout farms
3) Water disinfection and sanitation: evaluation of UV systems disinfection efficacy, resulting water quality and test of easy degradable disinfectants to replace formalin
4) Gas saturation: consequences and effects of N super saturation and total gas pressure on fish performance in RAS.

Each WP addresses specific issues of concern based on current scientific knowledge and practical experience in dialogue with the aquaculture industry. The type of investigations include bench and pilot scale experiments conducted under controlled conditions at the research facilities at the Section for Aquaculture, Hirtshals. The project also includes monitoring campaigns and experiments on commercial model trout farms in collaboration with stakeholders.

The project is coordinated by DTU Aqua.


  • Research area: Aquaculture - Rearing Systems and Environmental Effects
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