alexa A Modelling Approach to Estimate the Environmental and Productive Carrying Capacity for a Mediterranean Coastal Marine Culture Park
ISSN: 2155-9546

Journal of Aquaculture Research & Development
Open Access

Like us on:
OMICS International organises 3000+ Global Conferenceseries Events every year across USA, Europe & Asia with support from 1000 more scientific Societies and Publishes 700+ Open Access Journals which contains over 50000 eminent personalities, reputed scientists as editorial board members.

Open Access Journals gaining more Readers and Citations

700 Journals and 15,000,000 Readers Each Journal is getting 25,000+ Readers

This Readership is 10 times more when compared to other Subscription Journals (Source: Google Analytics)

Research Article

A Modelling Approach to Estimate the Environmental and Productive Carrying Capacity for a Mediterranean Coastal Marine Culture Park

Campuzano FJ1*, Gutiérrez JM2, Senabre T2, Mateus MD1, Perán A2, Belmonte A2, Aliaga V2 and Neves R1

1MARETEC, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001, Lisbon, Portugal

2TAXON Estudios Ambientales S.L., Polígono Industrial Oeste-C/Uruguai, s/n-Parcela 8/27. Nave 31. 30820 Alcantarilla (Murcia), Spain

*Corresponding Author:
Campuzano FJ
MARETEC, Instituto Superior Técnico
Universidade de Lisboa
Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001
Lisbon, Portugal
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: June 17, 2015 Accepted Date: July 06, 2015 Published Date: August 16, 2015

Citation: Campuzano FJ, Gutiérrez JM, Senabre T, Mateus MD, Perán A, et al. (2015) A Modelling Approach to Estimate the Environmental and Productive Carrying Capacity for a Mediterranean Coastal Marine Culture Park. J Aquac Res Development 6: 373. doi:10.4172/2155-9546.1000373

Copyright: © 2015 Campuzano FJ, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Fish farming activities are a relevant economic coastal resource in the warm oligotrophic Mediterranean waters. This work describes the application of a numerical model to determine the carrying capacity of a mixed gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata) and European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax) culture in a Marine Culture Park, located in the coast of the Region of Murcia (SE Spain). The MOHID modelling system was used to simulate the hydrodynamics and ecological conditions of the study area, and to address the processes related to fish farming activities such as pellet deposition of different sizes, nutrient recycling and oxygen consumption. The productive carrying capacity (PCC) and the environmental carrying capacity (ECC) were evaluated under different production scenarios with critical values for the culture and the environment. The selected indicators to assess PCC were the toxic level of ammonia species and the dissolved oxygen concentrations necessary for cultured fish survival. The ECC was assessed by means of eutrophic levels both in the sediment and the water column and the tolerance of benthic organisms to organic matter sedimentation. Results led to the definition of the minimum distances between installations, so to minimize their negative interactions, and to the quantification of the influence of dissolved and particulate products on the production. Finally, it was evaluated the capacity of the aquatic system to maintain the simulated biomass without undesirable environmental disturbance. The methodology employed in this work can be adapted to any system and cultured species, thus providing significant support to management decisions regarding the intensity of fish farming activities.


Share This Page

Additional Info

Loading Please wait..
Peer Reviewed Journals
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

Agri, Food, Aqua and Veterinary Science Journals

Dr. Krish

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9040

Clinical and Biochemistry Journals

Datta A

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9037

Business & Management Journals


[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

Chemical Engineering and Chemistry Journals

Gabriel Shaw

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9040

Earth & Environmental Sciences

Katie Wilson

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

Engineering Journals

James Franklin

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

General Science and Health care Journals

Andrea Jason

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9043

Genetics and Molecular Biology Journals

Anna Melissa

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9006

Immunology & Microbiology Journals

David Gorantl

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9014

Informatics Journals

Stephanie Skinner

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9039

Material Sciences Journals

Rachle Green

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9039

Mathematics and Physics Journals

Jim Willison

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9042

Medical Journals

Nimmi Anna

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9038

Neuroscience & Psychology Journals

Nathan T

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9041

Pharmaceutical Sciences Journals

John Behannon

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9007

Social & Political Science Journals

Steve Harry

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9042

© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version