Bluefarm, established in February 2014, is a young and dynamic spin-off of Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy and is currently operating on the premises of the Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics of Ca’ Foscari. Bluefarm mission is to bridge the gap between scientific research and application in the field of sustainable aquaculture, with particular focus on Mediterranean areas, including North African countries. Our activities focus on the following key aspects of sustainable aquaculture: site selection and environmental impact assessment; optimization of husbandry practices and monitoring; production of new species. Bluefarm has successfully applied to a grant of the Italian Ministry of University and Scientific (MIUR) for developing-: i) a software for managing aquafarms; ii) a pilot plant for the rearing of marine polychaetes of commercial interest.
Bluefarm expertise particularly relevant to SMART includes: the development of integrated models for site selection, environmental impact assessment and monitoring, optimisation of both finfish and shellfish farms; the use of advanced multivariate statistical techniques for water quality classification. The knowledge and understanding of the user community Bluefarm will interact with in order to adapt the EO derived products to their satisfaction. The ultimate objective of Bluefarm is to have at the end of the project a modelling chain integrating the use of satellite data in its models, for the marine ecosystem assessment part.