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Role of bivalve molluscs and algae as CO2 drains analysed
Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 16:30 (GMT + 9)
The Spanish Aquaculture Observatory Foundation (OESA) is promoting a project in an attempt to lay the foundations on the interactions between the aquaculture activity and climate change through various actions.
According to experts of the Foundation, bivalve molluscs, such as mussels, and algae can play a significant role in mitigating the effects of climate change as carbon dioxide (CO2) drains.
The project, 'Aquaculture and climate change,' has the support of the Biodiversity Foundation through the 2012 call for aid to carry out activities in the field of Biodiversity, Climate Change and Sustainable Development.
During the first stage how aquaculture can mitigate the effects of climate change from the role of bivalve mollusc shells and algae on CO2 uptake will be analysed.
In addition, research on the impact of climate change on the Spanish aquaculture activity will be encouraged.
Besides, the performance of strategies to positively impact the environment through the implementation of the carbon footprint calculation, the life cycle analysis and the energy return rate will be coordinated with members of the industry. These three indicators will be applied and studied in breeding resources of intensive and extensive production systems.
In addition, OESA intends to publish a guide to calculate the carbon footprint in aquaculture enterprises. This will allow more than 5,500 facilities in the sector to make an estimate of their carbon footprint and to propose the necessary measures for its reduction, the Foundation explains.
This initiative was joined by the Research Group of Environmental Engineering and Bioprocess of the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Santiago, the company Algaenergy and the Business Association of Marine Aquaculture Producers (Apromar).
The project will be developed throughout 2013 and will receive EUR 65,000 fund from the Biodiversity Foundation, equivalent to 50 per cent of the entire budget.
By Analia Murias