Association/Company: Mediterranean Fisheries Research Production and Training Institute, Antalya, Turchia
M.A.T. Koçer, H. Sevgili, O. Ertugrul, I. Aydin, S. Erkan, D. Eroglu, O. Aktas, M. Yesiltas and A. Kurtoglu: Performance of the SIMTAP prototype in the eastern Mediterranean conditions: challenges and opportunities
The concept of the SIMTAP project in Turkey was mainly based on testing a cost-effective prototype under extreme environmental conditions of the Mediterranean with a particularly high air and water temperatures and high salinities during the summer. The results from the fish module of the system showed that gilthead sea bream perform better than European sea bass during both early growth and fattening stages. Maximum productivity for Salicornia europaea in the hydroponic unit of the system was 808 g FW/m2 over a period of 5 months of cultivation. Adaptation of polychaetes was highly problematic due to a high salinity condition of about 40 ppt. On the other hand, experiments on the utilization of aquaculture waste waters for microalgae culture revealed a potential for integration capability using a continuous culture into the system.