EU Horizon 2020 project

A large scale EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation project contributing to the Trans-Atlantic Research Alliance and GEO.

62 Partners, 18 Countries

International integration of Atlantic ocean observing activities – further supporters / members are welcome.

Task 8.5

Offshore aquaculture siting


Lead: NIVA (Trine Dale)

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European policy intends to expand the space available to aquaculture by cultivating sites that are offshore. This presents challenges in terms of building structures e.g. fish cages that withstand the effects of offshore weather conditions along the Atlantic coast. In order to establish possible future sites for offshore aquaculture production we intend to gather relevant wave, current velocity and water column structure measurements from the coasts of Ireland, Norway and Spain and use these data to validate site assessment models at ca. 200 m horizontal resolution of the potential new offshore aquaculture sites [D8.2] [ NIVA, IEO, MI] . This will result in a generic tool based on in-situ observations and model output over a hindcast period, coupled to existing site decision tools, so that potential license applicants can pinpoint sites for further exploration and site investigation. We will also develop a weather window tool to give developers real-time access to observations and model forecasts of seas state to plan day to day operations [D8.8] [NIVA, IEO, MI]. The AtlantOS fitness for purpose for the aquaculture economy will be assessed [D8.13; NIVA].


D8.2 Aquaculture site selection Report: Report on potential, selected sites for offshore aquaculture along the Spanish, Norwegian and Irish Atlantic coasts. PM24

D8.8 Aquaculture operation Bulletin: Weather window nowcast/forecast Bulletin tool for offshore aquaculture operators. PM36

D8.13 Report on AtlantOS fitness for aquaculture economy: Assessment of the observing system fitness for purpose for aquaculture. PM45