Environmental Management

, Volume 45, Issue 5, pp 953–962 | Cite as

A Management Tool for Assessing Aquaculture Environmental Impacts in Chilean Patagonian Fjords: Integrating Hydrodynamic and Pellets Dispersion Models

  • Antonio Tironi
  • Víctor H. Marin
  • Francisco J. Campuzano


This article introduces a management tool for salmon farming, with a scope in the local sustainability of salmon aquaculture of the Aysen Fjord, Chilean Patagonia. Based on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) principles, the tool combines a large 3-level nested hydrodynamic model, a particle tracking module and a GIS application into an assessment tool for particulate waste dispersal of salmon farming activities. The model offers an open source alternative to particulate waste modeling and evaluation, contributing with valuable information for local decision makers in the process of locating new facilities and monitoring stations.


Salmon farming Pollutant modeling Particulate waste management Lagrangian models Decision support system 



This work was developed under the Project “Integrated Ecological Coastal Zone Management System” [ECOManage], financed by the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) of the European Commission (EC) (contract nº: INCO-CT-2004-003715) ( We thank Pamela Bachmann and three anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments on earlier versions of this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Tironi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Víctor H. Marin
    • 1
  • Francisco J. Campuzano
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Laboratorio de Modelación Ecológica, Departamento de Ciencias Ecológicas, Facultad de CienciasUniversidad de ChileSantiagoChile
  2. 2.Cienciambiental Consultores S.ASantiagoChile
  3. 3.MARETEC-Marine & Environment Technology CenterSantiago Chile
  4. 4.Departamento de MecânicaInstituto Superior Técnico, Secção de Ambiente e EnergiaLisbonPortugal

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