Pilot Project Updates

We are glad to announce that we have achieved a positive result for another essential phase of the project “Pilot project in Tunisia’s aquaculture Industry”.

The partners gathered for a 3 days work at the Hanchia Farm in Tunisia. The aim was to test the connectivity of two IT antennas from an offshore fish farm plant – 15 km from the coast – to the on-land premises. One of the two antennas showed the capacity to stream videos from up to 3 devices contemporarily, ranging from camera quality HD to 4K. Robust internet connectivity is essential for efficiently transferring data (especially videos) from offshore to onshore and allowing this project’s AI software and technologies to perform at best.

Now, the AquaBioTech team will follow up with monitoring internet connectivity over a more extended period, in different weather conditions and soon move forward with the installation and integration of the other technologies.

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The project takes its point of departure from the initial phase of SwitchMed which mapped the Tunisian aquaculture value-chain. This report identified priority areas of intervention in-line with the Tunisian aquaculture development strategy for the sustainable expansion of this industry. The present project (phase 2) is the selection, procurement, installation, operation of technologies identified in the initial phase, and subsequent monitoring of their performance in terms of their ability to lead to reductions in Feed-Conversion-Ratio (FCR) in sea cage farming of Mediterranean fish species.

Information on key indicators of rearing performance (growth, feed conversion efficiency, etc.) will be gathered from various aquafarms to identify the effectiveness of the SMART technologies. Further to analysis of the environmental, technical, and economic impacts of the implemented technologies throughout an experimental campaign, the goal of the pilot will be to disseminate the results of the initiative and to propose a roadmap with a set of recommendations for scaling up the benefits at national level.