Aquafarmers faces new challenges due to the impact of extreme events mostly related to climate change, leading to changes in the sea temperature and phytoplankton, affecting growth rates and mortality of shellfishes and, therefore, the productivity of farms and the quality of products. As a consequence, aquafarmers can’t rely totally on well-known and established farming practices.
Using satellite data and derived measurements of water parameters and a model for shellfish growth, Planetek is delivering Rheticus® Aquaculture service, providing information to aquafarmers about mussels’ growth rates, consisting of weekly bulletins with indicators calculated by the algorithms. Within the e-shape project, by organizing pilots in different plants in the Mediterranean Sea with the collaboration of the aquafarmers associations, we intend to scale up the adoption of the Rheticus® Aquaculture service in the Mediterranean and worldwide markets. We will pursue it by codesigning the service with the end-users, and adapting it to the different needs that different areas will require.