Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology

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Mariculture Systems, Integrated Land-Based

  • Muki Shpigel
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-2493-6_320-3

Definition of Subject

The Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) System is an aquaculture practice in which excretions of one or more organisms are utilized by other cultured organisms from different trophic (nutritional) levels. IMTA systems are distinct from polyculture systems, which involve two or more species from the same or different trophic levels in the same water reservoir. In a typical IMTA, the various species are cultured in separate spatial entities, permitting intensification and optimization of production. The IMTA concept has been increasingly adopted in modern-day aquaculture, including land-based (Fig. 1) [ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5] and offshore mariculture [ 6, 7].


Construct Wetland Recirculate Aquaculture System Paracentrotus Lividus Ulva Lactuca Polyculture System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research, National Center for MaricultureEilatIsrael