Intelligent Management System For Entegrated Multitrophic Aquaculture Project (IMPAQT) And The Important Role Of Çamlı In This Project!

Intelligent Management System For Entegrated Multitrophic Aquaculture Project (IMPAQT) And The Important Role Of Çamlı In This Project!

Intelligent Management System For Entegrated Multitrophic Aquaculture Project 

IMTA breeding model, will be possible to be managed by providing integration with all smart systems and new developed technologies such as autonomous monitoring systems, data analytics, through algorithms, decision trees, machine learning, artificial intelligence, image analysis, internet of things, remote sensing tracking technologies, smart mobile device applications, data collectors, data transmitters, electrical control and management systems, chips attached to living things and monitoring their well-being.

IMTA And Intelligent Management System

Çamlı had been one of the project partners in the IMPAQT project, which was supported by UFUK 2020; the EU Researching And Infrastructural Supporting Programme and played an important role as being the team leader. It continuously strengthened its’ R&D studies on the intelligent management system (Intelligent Management Systems; IMS) to be developed for alternative sustainability-oriented aquaculture models. In the project which will end in August 2020, production efficiency and diversity are aimed to be increased by adapting current technologies to the IMTA (Integrated Multitrophic Aquaculture) model, developing some new technologies, making food safety analyzes with new methods, and ensuring a strong and effective progress towards environmental and socioeconomic sustainability.

What Is IMTA (Integrated Multitrophic Aquaculture) ?

IMTA (Integrated Multitrophic Aquaculture, IMTA) is recognized as a promising solution for the development of sustainability of aquaculture, both ecologically and economically.

IMTA production can be carried out with systems designed to integrate the breeding activities of some species (Filter Species) that can absorb the dissolved or particulate fractions of organic substances in the environment by filtering the activities carried out with the feed to be given from outside, such as fish farming. Filtering species benefit from the increased phytoplankton biomass as nutrients, partly directly and partly by using these substances, depending on the metabolic wastes of the fish and the feed, the organic and inorganic substances expelled in the environment. For example, organic-origin metabolic waste or feed residues are rapidly subject to biogeochemical processes in water, causing a significant increase in inorganic nutrient salts (nitrate, ammonia, phosphate salts). These inorganic salts are used by photosynthetic plant organisms and converted back into organic biomass. These are mainly micro and macro algae and are commonly known as phytoplankton and seaweed. These vegetative organisms are referred to as "Filtering" primary producers. If the mass production of macroalgae (=seaweeds) is provided with an appropriate system, a significant part of the organic waste emitted in the fish farming area can be rapidly recycled. Likewise, phytoplankton and particulate organic matter with increased biomass are also “Filter” secondary producers, that is, crustacean molluscs (=mussels, oysters, etc.) or holoturoids, which filter the living and non-living organic particulate matter in the water column or seafloor as food. (=sea cucumber or eggplant). With an appropriate system for the production activities of these secondary species, a significant portion of the organic wastes spread around the fish farming area and its surroundings will be able to be recycled.

As a result, a very significant portion of the waste from fish farming will be recycled using natural processes and added value will be created as the selected filtering species have marketable and commercial value. This type of integrated design will ultimately increase the economic performance of aquaculture activities with product diversity and ecological performance with minimization of waste.

What Is The Aim Of IMPAQT?

The aim of IMPAQT is to develop and make usable, multi-purpose and multi-functional management platform that can increase production by diversifying and minimizing environmental impacts in the production area in order to make aquaculture sustainable. Within this platform, an advanced IMTA model is designed that provides descriptive and clear spatial information as a time series on how fish farming activities interact with the environment at the ecosystem level. This model can be used as a decision support tool in the planning and decision-making processes of both manufacturers and competent authorities.

IMPAQT has the goal of providing facility managers with the key capabilities they will need for production planning and monitoring, through the development of an integrated management system with analytical and decision support functions operating at the scale of an IMTA facility. In addition, thanks to the developed early warning system and providing guiding suggestions, the health and welfare of the raised animals will be monitored and managed more effectively and production will be optimized. On the other hand, with the introduction of new species to the market, it will be possible to increase the profitability. With real-time monitoring of environmental data, it will make it possible to take preventive operational decisions without losing time when necessary. This management system is a candidate to be the pioneering model of remotely managed production facilities using clean energy, unmanned or managed using minimal human resources in the open oceans of the future.

IMPAQT also aims to create a paradigm shift in the aquaculture industry and to prove on a European scale that IMTA is a more environmentally friendly, more efficient and highly profitable, sustainable strategic approach. It is aimed to present the ideal, sustainable IMTA development with a holistic perspective based on ecosystem services and circular economy principles.

In terms of IMTA types, production system configurations and geographical locations, in 5 different pilot businesses (Ireland; offshore and freshwater, Netherlands; offshore offshore, Scotland, UK; offshore offshore, Turkey; offshore offshore, China; offshore inshore) involved in the project growth parameters, minimization of environmental effects, the performance of sensors adapted to the system, the efficiency of data collectors and transmitters and clean energy systems, the efficiency of power management and distribution, the efficiency of the developed sensors in the field, the competence of the smart management system, the efficiency of all smart technologies, underwater Many issues such as the functionality of analytics produced by imaging systems will be evaluated together, and an integrated model will be put forward by identifying the aspects that need improvement, if any.

The Important Role Of Çamlı

The pilot facility established within the company, was integrated into the production systems of Sea Bass (D. labrax), Mussel (M.galloprovincialis) and Seaweed (U. rigida) as an IMTA model and placed according to the current system in the area. Developed monitoring and data technologies have been adapted to this facility. Water quality monitoring systems, sensors and production data are transferred to the Intelligent Management Systems with the designed data collectors and analyzed with the help of algorithms. In addition, underwater cameras perform image analysis and provide managerial feedback on the health and welfare of stocked animals. Likewise, it can provide managerial feedback to prevent or minimize these effects by ensuring that models for the assessment of environmental impacts are run with the relevant data received. In addition to all these, IMPAQT develops and tests new methods by which food safety analyzes can be verified with different and faster analysis methods. In addition, the new nitrate sensor that can operate in the marine environment and the sensors that can be mounted on living things and that can measure biological parameters and transfer them to the digital environment have been developed and validated.

In this way, a sustainable system approach that will provide maximum contribution and benefit, and a sustainable system approach that creates new product and business areas, will have access to the most comprehensive and accurate information about product and environmental quality and health, especially the producers, the authorities that control production and the environment, and most importantly, the consumers. The breeding model will be tested and developed.

The real potential of seaweeds has been researched in our country, but it has not yet been put into industrial use. Europe, on the other hand, is ahead of us in this area, but behind the Far East. The project outputs will also allow the evaluation of other marine and freshwater species such as mussels, seaweed, sea urchin, and sea cucumbers, which can contribute to the economy by integrating them with fish farming. While the outputs serve this purpose, on the other hand, the use of technical monitoring and management systems in the aquaculture industry, emerging with new technological developments, will be enabled and a "Good Management Practices" (GMP) where producers can provide full and complete industrial performance by catching up with the era. ), the design will be presented.

Among its socio-economic benefits, there is a training module on IMTA, the technologies developed in the project and their use, the use of the IMPAQT platform, as well as creating new labor and food resources and job areas, serving local and regional development. This module is designed to serve human resources who want to improve themselves in this field.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals To Contribute Within The Scope Of The Impaqt Project

During the design phase of the IMPAQT project, the principle of contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals listed below was adopted and implemented.


The IMPAQT Project, together with some other projects (GAIN and iFiSHIENCi) that have found common goals and objectives, organized an online workshop open to public participation. Participants were informed about these 3 projects focused on aquaculture. This information can be accessed from the link below;

In 2018, the IMPAQT Project participated in ETSI IoTWeek and Aquaculture Europe 2020, conducting information presentation and promotional activities.

All Partners Of The Impaqt Project

  1. Marine Institue, Ireland (Coordinator Of The Project)
  2. WINGS ICT Çözümleri &İletişim Teknolojileri Ltd., Greece (4th Business Leader)
  3. INTRASOFT International A.Ş., Luxemburg (3rd Business Leader)
  4. Stichting Noordzeeboerderij, Holland
  5. NETAŞ Telekomünikasyon Anonim Şirketi, Turkey
  6. Çamlı Yem Besicilik San ve Tic. A.Ş., Turkey (1st Business Leader)
  7. Easy Global Market, ACRI, France
  8. ARGANS, France
  9. UNPARALLEL Innovation LDA, Portuguese
  10. Stiching DELTARES, Holland
  11. The Open University, England
  12. The Scottish Association for Marine Science LBG, England
  13. University College Cork-National University of Ireland Cork, Ireland (2nd Business Leader)
  14. Institute Oceonology Polisk Academy Nauk, Poland
  15. Acondicionamiento Tarrasense Associacion, Spain (5th Business Leader)
  16. Agricultural University Athens, Greece
  17. Harokopio University, Greece
  18. Universita Degli Studi Di Roma Torvergata, Italy
  19. Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi Deniz Bilimleri Enstitüsü, Turkey
  20. Fundacion Empresa -Universidad , Gallega, Spain (3rd Business Leader)
  21. Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institue, China

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