Seaweed biofilters as regulators of water quality in integrated fish-seaweed culture units

Amir Neori, Michael D. Krom, Steve P. Ellner, Claude E. Boyd, Dan Popper, Ruth Rabinovitch, Patrick J. Davison, Orit Dvir, Daniel Zuber, Michal Ucko, Dror Angel, Hillel Gordin

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The water-quality characteristics of a new system for the integrated culture of fish (Sparus aurata L.) and seaweed (Ulva lactuca L.) were examined. Seawater was recirculated between intensive fishponds and seaweed ponds. The seaweed removed most of the ammonia excreted by the fish and oxygenated the water. A model consisting of several tanks and a pilot consisting of two 100-m3, 100-m2 ponds were studied. In both, the metabolically dependent water-quality parameters (dissolved oxygen, NH4+-N, oxidized-N, pH and phosphate) remained stable and within safe limits for the fish during over 2 years of operation. The design allowed significant increases in overall water residence time (4.9 days), compared with conventional intensive ponds, and produced a high yield of seaweed in addition to the fish. The design provides a practical solution to major management and environmental problems of land-based mariculture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-199
Number of pages17
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank N. Gordon and R. Bin-Nun for their help with sampling and analysis, I. Lupatsch, for valuable advice and discussions and A. Colomi for a critical review of the manuscript. We further thank two anonymous reviewers for greatly improving the manuscript. Supported by BARD research grant No. I-1634-89, by the Negev-Arava Fund for Research and Development, by the Israeli Ministry for Energy and Infrastruc- ture, and by the Israeli Ministry for Science and Technology with the Economic European Community Grants 3035i89 and 3035292 (to AN).


  • Effluents
  • Fish
  • Nutrients
  • Recirculating
  • Seaweed-biofilters
  • Sustainable-mariculture
  • Water-quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science


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