Aquaculture Profiles

Nireus: Using Copper-Alloy Mesh Technology to Advance Sustainable Fish Farming Practices

By Langley Gace

crowding Sea Bream

Crowding sea bream in a copper-alloy net using traditional sweep seine.

Harvesting sea bream

Harvesting sea bream using brailer.

In May of 2013 the ICA and Nireus Aquaculture assembled and installed a copper-alloy mesh pen 7m x 5m in Mediterranean waters off the shore of Palairos, Greece. As harvest-time nears, Nireus continues to chart the growth of Sea Bream in innovative copper-alloy mesh pens.

About Nireus
Founded in 1988, Nireus marks its 25th year in the fish farming industry. It is the largest Greek company specializing in the growth and distribution of Mediterranean Fish. Nireus operates approximately 2,500 cages geographically dispersed throughout the Mediterranean region. The company, located in crystal blue waters and surrounded by mountains, emphasizes its role as an environmentally responsible business, taking action to promote initiatives that contribute to the welfare of society while protecting the Mediterranean’s precious natural resources.

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Full-Cycle Net Pen Studies

By Langley Gace

Hubbs Sea World Research Institute full-cycle copper net pens.

I am excited about the three small full-cycle net pens built and deployed by the ICA in Carlsbad, California in cooperation with Hubbs Sea World Research Institute and the American Soybean Association.

The ICA and its project partners are interested in the use of the small full-cycle grow-out nets for developing regions in Asia — and throughout the world.

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ICA at the Aquaculture Europe Conference and AquaNor Tradeshow 2013

By Langley Gace

I am looking forward to both AquaNor 2013 & the European Aquaculture Society (EAS) Conference that precedes the big tradeshow in Trondheim, Norway. The ICA will have a display at AquaNor, #C-244 where Carol Powell, Metallurgist, ICA Consultant & Specialist in Marine and Related Industries, Bob Dwyer, ICA Associate Director for Environment in the Health, Environment and Sustainable Development (HESD) Initiative and I will talk with visitors about the benefits of copper-alloy mesh pens.

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Copper Alloy Mesh Moves Mainstream

By Langley Gace

In February of this year, 105,000 Atlantic salmon were introduced to copper-alloy mesh pens on the west coast of Vancouver Island by Mainstream Canada, a salmon farming company in British Columbia. We were on-site at Mainstream’s Plover Point farm, near Tofino, B.C. in December and February, working with staff members on two copper- alloy mesh pen installations. This coming September, the “smolt,” or young salmon, will be released from the smolt nets that are inside of the copper-alloy net.

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