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Technical feasibility study of an aquaculture facility for common cockle species in the Netherlands : a preliminary design, which includes a functional and physical architecture of a landbased Aquaculture Facility for Common Cockle (Cerastoderma edule L.) species in the Netherlands

Deen, S. (2006) Technical feasibility study of an aquaculture facility for common cockle species in the Netherlands : a preliminary design, which includes a functional and physical architecture of a landbased Aquaculture Facility for Common Cockle (Cerastoderma edule L.) species in the Netherlands.

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Abstract:The Netherlands have always been an important country for the production of bivalve species. Although, the production of bivalve species has always been an unpredictable business, because of major fluctuations in the yearly production (Ens et al., 2004), the business was profitable (Salz et al., 2001). Recent development has led to a climate in which bivalve activities has become less attractive or has even been prohibited. Recently, the Common Cockle species are one the bivalve species which are restricted to several governmental regulations and legal frameworks in the Netherlands. These governmental regulations and legal frameworks have led to a prohibition (since the 1st of January 2005) of the use of mechanical harvesting methods at the Netherlands´ largest production area (Dutch Wadden Sea). Another aspect is the rise of new market demands, which requires more controllable and higher quality products. These recent developments can be seen as a national starting point for generating innovative alternatives to make the continuation of Common Cockle production possible in the Netherlands. The starting point for this master thesis is to generate one of these innovative alternatives, by making a preliminary design of a land-based aquaculture facility for Common Cockle species. The preliminary design is designed in a systematic way, so it can be easily adjusted, updated and transformed into a design for other infaunal bivalve species. The preliminary design is designed according to five steps which are defined by the Systems Engineering approach of the Department of Defense of the United States of America. The first step is defined as the inputs. The second step is the requirements analysis. The third step is the functional analysis and allocation. The synthesis is described in the fourth step, and in the fifth step, the so-called outputs are described.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
Wageningen IMARES
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:56 civil engineering
Programme:Civil Engineering and Management MSc (60026)
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