AQUAlity is a new EU FP7 research for SME-associations project, it will play an important role in the development of a more profitable Recirculated Aquaculture Systems (RAS). RAS use minimal water and allow the farms to be sited anywhere including urban spaces. The technology of the RAS are not standardised and key components effectively custom built for each development and in addition there is a higher skill level requirement to maintain the farms good husbandry. Expansion of this sector will depend on continued improvements to design and optimisation of both build and operating costs. A key issue is to improve the management and surveillance of the biofilter in RAS. The AQUAlity project intends to address this through the provision of a standardised open platform technology, this will lower the cost for fish farmers by developing a multi-sensor unit to measure water quality parameters.  This coupled to an intelligent control system that is automatic and contains built-in knowledge of the farmed species will reduce the skill levels required of the fish farmer operatives.

The project will develop a multi-sensor automated water quality monitoring and control system for continuous use in RAS. The main outputs are:


-        A new Multi-sensor prototype

-        A Control system prototype

-        Customised ammonia sensor with form factor

-        Database and Training material to improve best practise among fish farmers


The €2.7 million project has been funded under the EU FP7 (EU seventh framework programme) and has a duration of three years.


The kick-off meeting will be in Copenhagen, Denmark on 8th-9th March 2012.


The AQUAlity project consists of the following 13 project partners:-

Izmir Su Urunleri Yetistiricileri Birligi Birlik (Turkish aquaculture association) Stowarzyszenie Producentow Ryb Lososiowatych (Polish aquaculture association)

Asociatia Nationala a Producatorilor Din Pescarie (Romanian aquaculture association)

Associazione Piscicoltori Italiani (Italian aquaculture association)

Productschap (aquaculture association, The Netherlands)

Truchas De La Alarria (Spanish aquaculture association)

Artec Aqua AS (SME technology provider, Norway)

Oxyguard International AS (SME technology provider, Denmark)

Ejstrupholm Dambrug AS (Danish fish farmer)

NOFIMA AS (Research partner, Norway)

Philips Electronics Nederland (Research partner,The Netherlands)

The UK Intelligent Systems Research Institute Limited (Research partner UK)

The project is coordinated by EUROFISH (International Organization, Denmark)


For further information please visit the AQUAlity homepage ( or contact: 


Dr. Marco Frederiksen (Eurofish): 


Dr. Dilruk Yahathugoda (UK Intelligent Systems Research Institute):