Using IoT sensor technologies to reduce easte and improve sustainability in artisanal fish farming in southern Brazil
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Valverde, Joaquim Manoel Monteiro
Van Ransbeeck, Samuel
Valverde, Silma Battezzati
AffiliationUniversity of Essex
University of Bedfordshire
Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia Catarinense
Universidade Federal do Paraná
Internet of Things (IoT)
aquaculture water quality
Subject Categories::D435 Aquaculture
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AbstractModern digital technologies have the great potential to improve the sustainability of fish farming in artisanal fisheries. However, in spite of the popularity of these technologies for fish farming in other parts of the world, Brazil still lags behind. To fill this gap, this study has conducted the first field study in implementing the IoT sensor technologies in Southern Brazil and documents the experiences in this paper. More specifically, it discusses developing sustainable artisanal fisheries infrastructure using these technologies with reference to southern Brazil, where the study explores the use of sensor technology in aquaculture and its effectiveness in reducing waste and improving productivity. The overarching goal of the project is to demonstrate how simple data collection using IoT sensors and its analysis can support artisanal freshwater fish farms in Brazil and beyond to increase production, reduce waste, and thereby improve their sustainability. The pilot implementation of these technologies has demonstrated the potential of increasing the productivity of the artisanal fisheries, reducing waste (e.g., loss of farmed fish, optimised feeding to reduce waste of feeds), and improving the sustainability of aquaculture. This paper documents the valuable firsthand experiences of selecting, adapting, and implementing the IoT sensor technologies with close cooperation from local research institutions and artisanal fish farmers. The paper describes the different implementation stages and use interviews with stakeholders as a testimony of the effectiveness of the IoT technology adoption.
CitationRamanathan R, Duan Y, Valverde J, Van Ransbeeck S, Ajmal T, Valverde S (2023) 'Using IoT sensor technologies to reduce easte and improve sustainability in artisanal fish farming in southern Brazil', Sustainability, 15 (3), pp.2078-.
SponsorsThis work was funded by the UKRI Newton fund (grant nº 332387020) in the UK and FAPESC in Brazil. This project was a collaboration between the University of Bedfordshire and the Instituto Federal Catarinense. We would like to thank the farmers, cooperatives, students at the IFC, and EPAGRI for their input in the project. The paper also benefited from the REAMIT project funded by the Interreg North-West Europe (ref NWE831) in terms of the renewed focus on food waste.
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