Integrated Aqua Systems, Inc. (IAS) was awarded a contract to design, build, supply, and commission the University of British Columbia’s new Aquatic Research Facility. The state-of-the-art facility is the largest of its kind in Western Canada and will serve students and researchers aquaculture research needs for many years to come. IAS is supplying a total of 13 recirculating systems which will occupy eight separate research rooms with over 7,000 sq.ft of combined laboratory floor space in the newly renovated Biological Sciences building located in the heart of the Vancouver, BC campus. The systems include seven 3,000 gallon recirculating systems designed for high-density (stocking 80kg./m3) fish rearing and six 2,000 gallon recirculating systems designed for low-density (stocking 20 kg/m3) fish rearing and holding. In addition to the recirculating systems, IAS also designed and supplied the effluent treatment system and seawater supply pump systems for the project. IAS collaborated on the project with JLH Consulting based in Courtenay, BC, Aquacare Environment, Inc. based in Bellingham, WA, and Fulcrum Technologies, Inc. located in Nanaimo, BC .
Although the primary culture species are salmonids, the systems and facilities are designed to be used as “flex” research space to provide optimal rearing conditions for a wide range of saltwater and freshwater species in cold or warm water. The primary focus for UBC researchers spearheading the project will be to define the ideal fish rearing conditions, water quality parameters, feed rates, and stocking densities for commercial aquaculture. UBC research from this project will support commercial efforts to develop inland recirculating aquaculture throughout North America, which is a critical movement to provide sustainably produced fish under controlled conditions and with minimal impact to the environment.