Sense-T’s Aquaculture Biosensors project aims to establish an integrated network of biosensors on Pacific oysters, abalone and Atlantic salmon and environmental sensors in estuaries and farm sites around the coast of Tasmania. The aim is for biosensors to provide a real-time, perspective of the behaviour, welfare and health of the animals that combined with environmental conditions including water temperature and salinity will enable farm managers to make better decisions for the short and medium term management of commercial stock.
The biosensors project will include the development of specific biosensors (biotags) for the Pacific oyster, abalone and Atlantic salmon to measure things like animal heart-rate temperature and movement. The Sense-T project will look at new ways to get real-time data from the biosensors into the network and to farmers in user-friendly ways through the development of applications for hand-held devices or online tools. Sense-T will be deploying biosensors in test farms across the East Coast, South East and North West as well as drawing data collected from existing marine based sensor networks and government sources. The initial focus will be on improving the health and optimising production of oysters. Sense-T is working with the aquaculture industry to identify priorities for further projects.