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Smart FEEding Systems for Hatcheries: Automatic central feeding system of live food and microdiets for farmed fingerlings

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Project "smartFEEsh" data sheet

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Organization address
address: CTRA DE MADRID 152
city: VIGO
postcode: 36318
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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Project website
 Total cost 71˙429 €
 EC max contribution 50˙000 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.2.5. (Cross-cutting marine and maritime research)
2. H2020-EU.3.2.3. (Unlocking the potential of aquatic living resources)
3. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-1-2016-2017
 Funding Scheme SME-1
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-02-01   to  2017-05-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    FEEDING SYSTEMS SL ES (VIGO) coordinator 50˙000.00


 Project objective

Aquaculture has managed to grow and develop to the point where it has currently become one of livestock’s most flourishing sectors worldwide. Aquaculture finds its main bottleneck in the process of larval rearing. The particular biological needs of the fingerlings transform this process into a very complex activity, where the parameters control and process variables have a huge direct impact on the survival, deformity rates and production cost. Hatcheries’ manual feeding practices limit the feeding events possibilities and their precise dosage control on single rearing tanks. Feeding several times a day demands high labour costs and administering large amounts of food irregularly cause fouling issues. Every single marine or freshwater fish farm is suitable of automation, adjusting this according to their production volume and rearing species. Even when it is economically advantageous either to use live prey substitutes directly, or at least to minimize the duration of this period in the absence of a suitable microdiets with very fine particles, below 100 μm pellet size, the production process requires health standards and a methodological rigor that only automation, in its various aspects (monitoring and control parameters, power management) can offer to avoid manual biases. smartFEEsh solution aims to respond to aquaculture sector’s need by improving hatcheries’ processes, through implementing automatic feeders for living preys (NOVOFEED, with a selling price of €70K) and microdiets between 75-500 μm of grain size (SMARTFEED, with a selling price of €60K). The accumulated turnover of 5 years after market launch is estimated at €8.34 millions, with a net profit of €4.19 million by a 50% profitability ratio. Workforce will increase by 3 people.

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