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Aquaculture

Aquaculture is the fastest growing food sector

Aquaculture now accounts for nearly 50% of the world’s fish for human consumption. With demand for fish rapidly increasing, it is expected that there will be a shortfall of about 40 million tonnes of fish by 2030. To fill this gap aquaculture production will have to increase substantially.

Aquaculture is the fastest growing food sector

Aquaculture now accounts for nearly 50% of the world’s fish for human consumption. With demand for fish rapidly increasing, it is expected that there will be a shortfall of about 40 million tonnes of fish by 2030. To fill this gap aquaculture production will have to increase substantially.

In partnership with Bord Iascaigh Mhara

After a significant body of research Bord na Móna, in partnership with BIM, established a pilot freshwater fish farm on our land at Mountlucas, Co. Offaly. The project is jointly managed, with key inputs from other project partners including Goatsbridge Trout Ltd, Keywater Fisheries Ltd and UCC.

Enclosed Aquaculture System

The aquaculture farm is what’s known as a multi-trophic aquaculture system – a natural process to clean and filter the water by capturing the nutrients produced by the fish with duckweed and algae. Airlifts and paddlewheels are utilised to create water currents that are essential for fish health.

Enclosed Aquaculture System

The aquaculture farm is what’s known as a multi-trophic aquaculture system – a natural process to clean and filter the water by capturing the nutrients produced by the fish with duckweed and algae. Airlifts and paddlewheels are utilised to create water currents that are essential for fish health.

Organic fish farming

Fish provides a healthier, low CO2 alternative to other sources of protein. The fish are fed an organic diet. Work is ongoing on ensuring optimum growth, survival and water quality.

Growing Numbers

There are now over 120,000 perch and 4000 trout in the aquaculture system. Perch are particularly in demand in Swiss markets and are seen as a delicacy. The project aims to have over 200,000 Perch on-site by the end of 2019.

Growing Numbers

There are now over 120,000 perch and 4000 trout in the aquaculture system. Perch are particularly in demand in Swiss markets and are seen as a delicacy. The project aims to have over 200,000 Perch on-site by the end of 2019.

Duckweed Cleansing

Duckweed is a floating aquatic plant with unique properties that soak up compounds in water that would harm fish. It is used to cleanse the water in the enclosed system.

Duckweed can also be harvested and could have multiple uses including biomass, agricultural feedstock and fertilizer. These potential end-uses for duckweed will become more evident as the project continues to develop.

Powered by Renewable Energy

The aquaculture facility is unique in that it is entirely powered by renewable energy from one of the nearby wind turbines in Mountlucas wind farm. This will bring down the carbon intensity of the operation to one of the lowest levels achievable.

Powered by Renewable Energy

The aquaculture facility is unique in that it is entirely powered by renewable energy from one of the nearby wind turbines in Mountlucas wind farm. This will bring down the carbon intensity of the operation to one of the lowest levels achievable.