Embrapa has developed a computerized system for environmentally-friendly aquaculture management. (Photo:Embrapa)
Environmental management system development for aquaculture
Thursday, May 10, 2012, 03:40 (GMT + 9)
Researchers of the Environmentally-Friendly Aquaculture Management Project of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Company (Embrapa)- Environment created a computer system for environmentally-friendly aquaculture management, called Aquisys.
This computer system was designed to be accessible over the Internet and to assist in environmental management of aquaculture in support of good management practices, with an initial focus on tilapia farming.
The researcher responsible for Aquisys action plan was Maria Conceição Pessoa, from Embrapa Environment.
Aquisys Project allows producers to evaluate if the processes taking place in their properties comply with the guidelines of Good Management Practices for Aquaculture.
This system brings together important information and estimates for producers, which has previously been scattered or expressed in a language that was difficult to understand.
It considers three important issues: "Good management practices of aquaculture in the property ',' Laws, organizations and services related to aquaculture' and 'Support to environmental management of aquaculture.'
Each subject matter includes several modules for diagnoses, estimates, information and data organization to support public policies for the sector.
Aquisys takes into account the main demands of fish farmers and provides a database to organize and retrieve specific information for producers.
The use of technology requires minimal knowledge of the use of computer tools and Internet access from the producer.
Users will have access to data related to biometrics, the amount of food that is supplied considering fish weight and temperature, the amount of chemical fertilizers applied in the nursery, indicators of disease given the physical characteristics and behavior of fish observed in nurseries, and assessments of water quality performed with colorimetric kits or electronic metres.
Aquisys "has not been made available to external users having no access username or password yet," Pessoa explained.
Its access to the public is planned for August 2012.
Luis Inoue, a system development collaborator and member of Embrapa Amazônia Ocidental, described the initiative as "a powerful tool for national aquaculture", as one of the most discussed issues today in the country are environmental problems in relation to farming.
Through Aquisys it is possible "to almost instantly obtain basic environmental data and diagnosis of the environmental quality of farmed products," Inoue stressed.
By Analia Murias