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Aquaculture Site Selection

FLOW-3D Projects

Aquaculture rafts CFD simulation
Aquaculture Rafts (Hardwood Is., ME)

View of the Gorge Harbour (Cortes Is., BC)
Gorge Harbour (Cortes Is., BC)

FLOW-3D simulation of a multi-raft system
Multi-Raft System (Totten Inlet, WA)
FLOW-3D CFD aquaculuture simulation showing optimum seeding densities for bottom culture
Carlingford Lough (Ireland)

Selected projects carried out with the Aquaculture Expert System include:

Mussel Bottom Culture (Mud Cove, ME) - Coupled hydrodynamic and biological grow out models were used to maximize the production of mussels in this coastal embayment.

Shellfish Raft Culture (Hardwood Island, ME) - Original research performed at the Hardwood Island aquaculture site led to the development of the Aquaculture Expert System for designing floating rafts. This project was funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and was completed over a four year period of time.

Productive Capacity Study (Cortes Island, BC) - A study designed to estimate the capacity of Gorge Harbour to support oyster culture was performed at the request of the British Columbia Shellfish Growers Association (BCSGA).

Site Optimization (Puget Sound, WA) - Water samples and flow measurements were made in the vicinity of floating rafts in Totten Inlet, WA. The results of the sampling supported the development of computational models of areas currently used for shellfish aquaculture and the results of these studies were used to improve the positioning of multi-raft culture systems.

Development of Seeding Density Strategies (Carlingford Lough, Ireland) – Optimum seeding densities for bottom culture were determined from the results of water sampling and hydrodynamic modeling.

Estimation of Tidal Flushing (Killary Harbour, Ireland) – Hydrodynamic modeling was used to estimate tidal exchange in Killary Harbour in order to determine better strategies for long-line deployment.

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