KEMENTERIAN PENDIDIKAN TINGGI
MINISTRY OF HIGHER EDUCATION
MALAYSIA
PRGS FASA 1 TAHUN 2017
PRGS/1/2017/WAB01/UMT/02/1
Prototyping Rapid Biofloc Technology for Marine Shrimp Farming
Research Domain: Natural & Cultural Heritage
Sub Domain: Agriculture
PROJECT LEADER
Assoc. Prof. Ts. Dr. Nor Azman Kasan
Associate Professor
Institute of Tropical Aquaculture
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
norazman@umt.edu.my
RESEARCH MEMBERS
NO NAME INSTITUTION FACULTY/SCHOOL/ CENTRE/UNIT
1 Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ikhwanuddin Bin Abdullah UMT Institute of Tropical Aquaculture
2 Dr. Iswadi Bin Jauhari UMT Faculty of Engineering
3 Assoc. Prof. Ts. Dr. Ahmad Nazri Bin Dagang UMT Faculty of Ocean Engineering, Technology and Informatics
4 Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Hasmizam Razali UMT Faculty of Science & Marine Environment
5 Prof. Datin Dr. Zaharah Bt Ibrahim UMT Faculty of Science
6 Prof. Dr. Najiah Binti Musa@Zakaria UMT Faculty of Fisheries and Food Science
7 Dr. Sharifah Noor Emilia Bt. Syed Jamil Fadaak UMT Faculty of Fisheries and Food Science
RESEARCH DURATION
2 years (15 August 2017 - 14 August 2019)
RESEARCH ABSTRACT
In recent years, increased global demands on marine shrimp production from the aquaculture industry are the result of changes in consumer tastes and seafood preferences. However, most shrimp farming industries are unable to meet the global demand due to disease outbreaks such as Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS), White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV) and Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP). In line with Research Priority Roadmap 2017 as the Year of Translational Research announced by The Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), Malaysia, environmental problems and economical limitations faced by marine shrimp industry could be solved by implementing sustainable green farming known as Rapid Biofloc Technology (Rapid BFT). Under the National Key Economic Area (NKEA) supported by the Government of Malaysia, the aquaculture industry was expanded further with the creation of the Aquaculture Industrial Zone for High Impact Project. In order to ensure the development of this program with social equity, positive efforts need to be implemented to quantify the pollution and manage the wastewater. Therefore, a strategic framework is proposed to develop the Rapid BFT prototype which offers an alternative way for maintaining water quality and reducing the impact of shrimp mortality. Thus, the main outcome of this project is to establish a prototype of Rapid BFT for marine shrimp aquaculture industry to be sustained and further meets the minimum requirement for Malaysian water authority such as The Department of Environment (DOE) and The Department of Fisheries (DOF) to make informed decisions for the efficient management of any other aquaculture productions.
RESEARCH OBJECTIVES
  1. To develop a Rapid BFT prototype as a new green technology for improvement of water quality and marine shrimp survival of at least 80% survival rate.
  2. To establish the development of Rapid BFT for sustainable production of marine shrimp with a minimum of 10 metric tonnes per hectare.
  3. To extend the effectiveness of Rapid BFT application towards shrimp survival and growth performance through Transfer of Technology (ToT) programme to at least 2 multinational commercial marine shrimp farms in Malaysia.
RESEARCH OUTPUT
  1. Intellectual Property (IP) :
    Proposed Achieve
    1 2

    • Patent (PI 2017703679)
    • Copyright (LY2019008771)
  2. Product/Prototype:
    • Rapid Biofolic : Rapid formation of biofloc through injection of bioflocculant-producing bacteria as inoculum.
AWARD
  • Research and Innovation Week (2017) – Silver Medal
  • 28th International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (2017) – Gold Medal
  • International Conference and Exposition on Inventions by Institutions of Higher Learning (PECIPTA 2017) – Gold Medal
  • Seoul International Invention Fair (2017) – Gold Medal
RESEARCH IMPACT
  1. Involvement in prestigious exhibitions and competition locally and internationally such as Malaysia Agriculture, Horticulture & Agrotourism (MAHA).
  2. Market survey on the commercial marketability of Rapid BFT products to marine shrimp farmers.
  3. Promotion of Rapid BFT as an alternative green farming technology through social media, magazines, newspapers and websites.
  4. Commercialisation of Rapid BFT through AKUATROP Sdn. Bhd. as a spin-off company of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) with regular consultation advice.
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