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EPSRC Reference: EP/P018211/1
Title: Newton:Micro bubble aeration system for nursery pond of shrimp aquaculture in Malaysia under energy, water quality and biofloc circulation constraints
Principal Investigator: Hamad, Dr F
Other Investigators:
Julai, Dr S Jauhari, Dr I Ganesan, Dr P
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Department: Sch of Science and Engineering
Organisation: Teesside University
Scheme: Newton Fund
Starts: 01 January 2017 Ends: 31 December 2018 Value (£): 91,848
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Design of Process systems Environmental biotechnology
Waste Minimisation
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Food and Drink Environment
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
31 Jul 2016 RCUK Newton-SEA Small Scale Research Call 2016 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
This project proposes the adoption of micro-bubble aeration technologies as a potential new direction for shrimp aquaculture, for the benefit of shrimp farmers in Malaysia and the government agencies which oversee their industry. The project seeks to harness efficient new technologies, and help to reduce the cost and environmental impact of shrimp farming to place the industry on a more sustainable footing both economically and environmentally.

Previous studies have indicated that shrimp aquaculture in Malaysia is intensive, but less productive than neighbouring countries including Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam (Thean et al, 2016), which has led to a focus on potential measures to boost productivity, including by improving farm management practices and the deployment of resources (Gazi et al, 2014). Due to the importance of agriculture to the Malaysian economy (approximately 7.2% of Malaysian GDP in 2010 and contributing 10.9% of total employment), and with the identification of low productivity and quality as a key challenge (MARDI, 2015), this project has the potential to make a significant contribution as a route to improving shrimp farming processes.

The project will address the following research questions:

- What are the detailed characteristics of a micro-bubble aeration system in terms of its operational capabilities? (Off-field test based study)

- What is the suitable micro-bubble aeration system and configuration for a nursery pond of shrimp Aquaculture? (Off-field test based study)

- What is the energy/power requirement of a micro-bubble aeration system? (Off-field test based study)

- What is the effect a micro-bubble aeration system on bio-floc and its circulation? (Off-field test based study)

- What is the effect of a micro-bubble aeration system on water quality and shrimp growth? (On-field test)

- What is the effect of a micro-bubble aeration system on water effluent? (On-field test)

The outcome of the project will be disseminated to the Malaysian Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, and then to the shrimp industry more broadly. This dissemination activity will be based on sharing the evidence gathered in the field test in Malaysia, and will include measures of shrimp farming productivity, energy and water use, and effluent reduction, in order to promote the potential of the project outcomes.
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