BLUEFARM s.r.l. is a spin-off SME of the Venice University “Ca’ Foscari”, Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics, set up in February 2014.
Our mission is to bring to the market the know-how developed during two decades of academic research, bridging the gap between scientific research and applied knowledge, with focus on the sustainable management of coastal and marine ecosystems and, in particular, of aquaculture activities.
Our services are based on a large experience on the development and application of biogeochemical and ecological models to coastal and marine ecosystems with particular focus on the simulation of the environmental interactions of aquaculture. To this regard, we have developed and tested in several EU and National projects a range of tools for predicting biomass yield of farmed species, such as Mediterranean mussel, Manila clam, Sea bass, and Sea bream and assessing the environmental impact of fish farms.
Founders and scientific coordinators of Bluefarm are:
Prof. Roberto Pastres, PhD, Associate Professor of Ecology at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. He started his academic career in 1993, as a lecturer, and became Associate Professor at the Science Faculty of the University of Venice in 2000, where he currently teaches “Physical Chemistry” and “Mathematical tools for environmental scientist” to environmental science students. Since 1987, his research activity has mainly concerned the development of mathematical models for the analysis of transport, chemical and biological processes in coastal water bodies. More recently, his scientific interests have turned toward the modelling of bioaccumulation processes and sustainable aquacolture. He has been involved in various EU projects directly concerning aquaculture, such as FP6 ECASA and SPICOSA, FP7 Euroshell and FORCE, and coordinated FP7 MEDINA.
Dr Daniele Brigolin, PhD Environmental Sciences, is researcher in Ecology at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics of Ca’ Foscari University, where he currently coordinates an Interreg V-A Italy-Slovenia project on Aquaponics (European Regional Development Fund). Besides aquaculture, his main research interest concern the study of benthic biogeochemistry and food webs in coastal ecosystem. He has been involved in various EU projects, such as ECASA, Euroshell, MEDINA and FORCE.