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Abu Dhabi Aquaculture Site Selection Project

Multidisciplinary analysis determines optimal location for sea-pen aquaculture

  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Helping our client identify the best aquaculture sea-pen zone to address seafood supply security in the UAE

Setting out to become self-sufficient in sustainable food for future generations, the UAE Aquaculture program, run by the Environment Agency in Abu Dhabi, is working with Stantec to deliver this goal. Our role? To identify a suitable site for the development of a sea-pen aquaculture zone where finfish farming can meet the growing demands of the local market.

Using a multi-criteria analysis, with state-of-the-art hydrodynamic modelling, we’ll determine the best positioning of the site. The software incorporates criteria including ideal water quality conditions, shelter from storms, depth and resources, proximity to shipping lanes, transport hubs, oil and gas concession areas, and military installations. The study includes development of a geo-referenced marine habitat map, an environmental carrying capacity model, and a detailed financial analysis of the projected CAPEX and OPEX costs associated with a short-list of site options.  

On completion, this local aquaculture project offers a sustainable and healthy food supply, while boosting economic growth and employment opportunities for the community, meeting the goals of the UAE government initiative.

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  • Abu Dhabi Environment Agency
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Glenn Shiell, Principal Marine Scientist - Team Lead, Marine Science

I enjoy helping clients minimise their footprints in coastal and marine environments—I want them to achieve the best results possible.
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Glenn Shiell

Principal Marine Scientist - Team Lead, Marine Science

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