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Aquaculture 2016

Dynamic Systems Analysis sent engineer-in-training, Adam Turner, to Aquaculture 2016 in lively Las Vegas, Nevada.

The triennial conference, presented by the World Aquaculture Society, is the largest aquaculture conference in the world – with nearly 4000 attendees from over 90 countries worldwide. During the four day conference hundreds of technical presentations showcased the many aspects of research being done in the field of aquaculture, such as the biological aspects of aquaculture development, engineering, statistics and economics.

Adam had the opportunity to present his master’s research currently featured in the December 2015 World Aquculture Magazine, in the Integrated Mulit-Trophic Aquaculture session. Adam’s thesis work focused on the hydrodynamic wake properties of scale model fish cages and fish cage arrays, to gain a better understanding of wake velocity, wake topology, wake turbulence and wake recovery. The results of his work are being used to better understand how to place extractive species in aquaculture farms for optimized nutrient extraction.

In addition to the numerous technical presentations, Aquaculture 2016 hosted a large trade show, where Adam had the opportunity to network with other industry professionals and see first hand the latest products and services in the aquaculture industry.

Aquaculture 2016 was located in the beautiful Paris Hotel, a French-themed casino hotel with a half-size Eiffel Tower, on the bustling Las Vegas Strip. Overall the conference was a huge success. We’d like to thank the World Aquaculture Society and the city of Las Vegas for their hospitality!

 

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About the World Aquaculture Society

The World Aquaculture Society was founded in 1969 as the World Mariculture Society. Since it’s beginning the membership in WAS has grown to more than 3,000 members in about 100 countries representing the global aquaculture community. Through its diverse membership and international networks, the WAS provides leadership for enhanced international communications, collaboration and information exchange. The World Aquaculture Society is a dynamic organization capable of responding to change and is recognized for its professional credibility in aquaculture science, technology and education.

DSA Employee Featured in World Aquaculture Magazine

Bridging the Gap

Environmentally Friendly Aquaculture Design

Did you know that aquaculture is responsible for the production of roughly 50% of the world’s seafood? In Canada aquaculture accounts for 14% of the total Canadian fisheries production and 33% of its value. The aquaculture industry plays a vital role in all Canadian provinces and territories, employing nearly 10,000 people primarily in small communities.

Aquaculture has been around for thousands of years but has only been recognized as an industry in western society for four decades. During this time period, poor government regulation, environmental impacts and lack of industry promotion has had a negative impact on the image of the aquaculture industry.

In steps Adam Turner, a recent graduate of the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program at the University of New Brunswick, who is currently a Mechanical Engineer in Training at Dynamic Systems Analysis (DSA). Adam’s master’s thesis focused on the hydrodynamic wake properties of scale model fish cages and fish cage arrays, to gain a better understanding of wake velocity, wake topology, wake turbulence and wake recovery. The results of his work are being used to better understand how to place extractive species in aquaculture farms for optimized nutrient extraction.

By focusing his studies on how water moves through fish cages and cage arrays, Adam is helping the aquaculture industry understand how current flow will impact nutrient and waste flow, and how that impacts surrounding habitats. Adam also draws attention to the vital role extractive species (mussels, sea cucumbers, kelp, etc.) play in and around aquaculture farms, as they have a natural ability to recycle nutrients or waste, making them a living filter.

Green dye can be seen moving with the current flow.

Adam’s scale model testing research (currently featured in the December Issue of the World Aquaculture Magazine), suggests that the placement of extractive species, and current flow through cages should be an important consideration for any aquaculture farm as it will help to reduce the environmental impact these farms have on the surrounding marine environment.

From theory to practice, Turner is focusing his attention on aquaculture engineering projects at Dynamic Systems Analysis using their ProteusDS software. The software plays a vital role in allowing Adam to easily and effectively conduct mooring, motion and anchoring analyses, with use of ProteusDS’ built in hydrodynamic cable and net models. The data gained from these assessments will play a vital role in helping producers and site managers in the protection and maintenance of their aquaculture farms.

 

Heading to Aquaculture 2016 in Las Vegas? Check out Adam’s session IMTA/Aquaculture on Wednesday, February 24th at 10:30am.