An Aquaculture Web Library has been launched by the International Copper Association (ICA). The ICA has partnered with the aquaculture industry to deploy copper-alloy nets in several regions throughout the world. The web library, www.CuAquaculture, provides an educational forum to share information and updates about recent copper-alloy net installations and much more.
The website aims to reach aquaculture industry professionals, including fish farmers, suppliers, scientists, researchers, educators, non-government organizations, business consumers and media professionals who are looking for timely and valuable information about the industry. It is is readily accessible and free to users 24/7, and contains information about the scientific benefits of copper alloy netting for the aquaculture industry as well as a variety of news sources and articles. Photos and videos of recent copper alloy net installations can be accessed by an interactive global map.
“The site also contains profiles, in-depth articles and case studies about environmentally friendly and sustainable fish farming practices,” says Langley Gace, applications development manager for Aquaculture. “On-line visitors will learn about and experience a view of the whole copper-alloy net installation process as well as benefits derived from the use of copper alloys in fish farming practices.”
www.CuAquaculture.org provides a home in cyberspace for a wide range of aquaculture educational information, trade shows, seminars and global forums. “We’re continuing to develop and gather rich content from a variety of sources. We also encourage visitors to submit information for blog updates on the site’s home page,” adds Gace.
Additional resources on the new site include the history of the ICA, benefits of copper in aquaculture including a downloadable PDF describing the value of copper alloys in marine aquaculture, a listing and description of fish species commonly cultivated in aquaculture, copper alloy net case studies, research, aquaculture news from a variety of current and global sources and industry press releases and contact information.
The ICA’s aquaculture on-line resources are already extensive and will continue to grow. “The goal is to make this site as accessible, information rich and diverse as the needs of the visitors using it,” says Gace.