Monitoring and documentation of the performance of ModelTroutFarms (ModelTroutFarm) (38192)

Project Details


De-coupling fish production and environmental impact is a sustainable way of increasing aquaculture. In order to achieve increased production and, simultaneously, reduced environmental impact a new farming concept was developed, tested and demonstrated.

Applying cost-efficient technologies from recirculation on large, traditional flow-through farms provided the basic concept for ModelTroutFarms. Through intensified production in concrete tanks, the former earthen ponds could be used as constructed wetlands for end-of-pipe treatment of the discharged water.

Due to recirculation, water consumption was reduced by a factor 25, so damming of natural water courses was no longer needed for supplying water to the farm. As a consequence, dammings could be removed leaving the water course to its natural flow.
A reduction of some 80 % in organic matter and phosphorous discharge was achieved, and 50 % of the nitrogen was removed.

Through the concept, technical an practical means of decoupling fish production and environmental impact was demonstrated in large scale commercial operations. Concomitantly, legislation was changed and now approximately 50 % of the Danish fresh water production is in ModelTroutFarms.

This project was coordinated by DTU Aqua and funded by the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries and the European Fisheries Fund (EFF).

Research area: Aquaculture
Effective start/end date01/01/200331/07/2011