Objectives and aims of ABAWARE
The aim of ABAWARE project is the increased efficiency and resilience of water use in aquaculture and minimisation of its negative impact on the environment and human health. The aim of the projects will be reached through critical thinking and systemic work on following objectives:
Development of advanced technology for intensive Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) with minimum costs (investment and operational) and negative environmental impact. This will involve:
- Determination and selection of autotrophic microorganisms and plants suitable for biological treatment and conversion of wastewater generated by freshwater aquaculture.
- Development of solutions for reduction of the operational costs with 15% comparing with classical RAS.
- Development of solutions for reduction of the amount of fresh water entering the system to less than 5% of the total water volume.
- Development of solutions for reduction of the energy required for water reuse by 10% compared to classical RAS.
Understanding and minimisation of the environmental risks from freshwater aquaculture to human health (environmental exposure from water uses and food):
- Evaluation of the diversity of microorganisms and antibiotic resistance genes present in freshwater aquaculture systems (prior to intervention) and determination of the proportion of pathogenic bacteria within these microbiomes.
- Evaluation of the diversity of microorganisms and antibiotic resistance present in freshwater aquaculture systems (post to intervention) and the proportion of pathogenic bacteria within these microbiomes.
- Identification of the impact of the objective 1 on reduction of the detrimental risk of freshwater aquaculture to environmental and human health
- Assessment of the selected microbial parameters in open/cage warm water aquaculture (especially for catfish) and comparison with RAS.