Scotland’s marine software expertise on show in Chile

Scottish sea loch with salmon farm

Software developed in Scotland to help predict the impact of fish farm waste on the marine environment will be showcased for international markets at the AquaSur trade show, in Chile next week.

NewDEPOMOD is a particle-tracking modelling software, designed to predict dispersion of fish farm waste discharges in the marine environment. It was developed by SAMS Enterprise in Scotland, working alongside the salmon farming sector and the environmental regulator. It is now prescribed, recommended and used around the world, including in Chile, allowing farmers to calculate the optimal productions levels at each farm site, while complying with regulatory standards.

The software means farmers can optimise their production while complyiong with environmengtal requirements.

SAMS Enterprise staff will be on stand G-34 at AquaSur (19-21 March) to discuss how NewDEPOMOD has been developed over the past two decades and what the future holds for the technology. The team will be also available to meet on 18 and 21 March in Puerto Montt or Puerto Varas.

SAMS Enterprise business development manager Daniel Carcajona, whose native language is Spanish, said he was looking forward to meeting new and existing customers of NewDEPOMOD.

He said: “AquaSur is an important event in global terms, so we are looking forward to making new connections in the Chilean aquaculture sector, as well as strengthening our ties with existing customers.

“We are proactively working with clients and collaborators globally to ensure NewDEPOMOD meets regulatory requirements and optimises production in various regions and countries.”

stands at the AquaSur trade show

Stands at AquaSur

The software can play an important role in the sustainability and performance of a farm, allowing managers to assess optimum production, based on factors such as currents, fish biomass and pen layout.

The range of licence holders for NewDEPOMOD comprises industry members, academic researchers, consultants and regulators.

Dr Jirina Stehlkova, an environmental consultant and project manager at SAMS Enterprise will also attend AquaSur.

She said: “I am pleased to have the opportunity to learn directly from users of the model how they benefit from it and what we can do to help improve their experience.

“NewDEPOMOD is the result of more than 20 years of development, using bathymetry, flow and farm data from different sites and environments. Events like AquaSur, where we can meet users of the software, are crucial in allowing us to constantly update and improve our product for the benefit of the finish sector.”

SAMS Enterprise is just one of a number of Scottish-based organisations that will be represented at AquaSur, where Mairi Gougeon, Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands, will be giving an address and helping to promote Scottish aquaculture expertise.

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