Malta Lead Partner

AquaBioTech Group is an independent aquaculture, fisheries, biotechnology and environmental testing/research, engineering, consulting, development, and training company with its own dedicated research and marine survey facilities located in Malta, operating globally with clients and projects throughout the world.

The majority of AquaBioTech Group’s work is related to the marine and aquatic environment, encompassing aquaculture developments, market research/intelligence, through to project feasibility assessments, finance acquisition, project management, technology sourcing and technical support and training.

AquaBioTech group are specialists in:

  • Aquaculture, marine research, and fisheries consultancy from resource management and market research to policy development, feasibility, and due diligence studies;
  • Contracted Research Organisation (CRO) for aquaculture research for feed development, pharmaceutical testing and breeding programmes;
  • Design and commissioning of land-based and marine aquaculture production systems and technologies.

AquaBioTech Group

Dr. Simeon Deguara

Project Leader

Dannie O’Brien

Project contact

China Lead Partner

China Agricultural University (CAU) is one of the top ranked key national universities in China. It is one of the universities listed in 211 and 985 Projects and directly subordinated to the Ministry of Education of P.R.China. Project 211 is a project of National Key Universities and colleges initiated in 1995 by the Ministry of Education of China. There are more than 1,700 standard institutions of higher education, with about 6 percent of them being 211 Project institutions. Project 985 is a project first announced by Chinese President Jiang Zemin at the 100th anniversary of Peking University on 4 May 1998 to promote the development and reputation of the Chinese higher education system.

Today, China Agricultural University is a world-class agricultural university, and world-famous research university.

The National Innovation Center for Digital Fishery, relying on the resources of “Agricultural Engineering” in China Agricultural University, was established by the Aquaculture IoT Innovation Team of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs in March 2019 with the approval of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs [Agricultural planning and development issued No. 2019-11] the only national innovation center in the field. The center currently has 1 Changjiang Scholar Distinguished Professor, 1 National Hundred and Thousand Talents Program, 1 National Ten Thousand Talents Program, 1 Young Thousand Talents, 2 New Century Talents from the Ministry of Education, 2 Beijing Science and Technology Rising Stars, 9 professors, and associate professors There are 12 people, 6 research assistants, 25 doctoral students and 86 master students. The team mainly focuses on advanced sensor technology, intelligent information processing technology, measurement and control systems and intelligent equipment, agricultural information strategy and other research directions. The team focuses on basic research on aquaculture Internet of Things application and research and development of key technology prototype products. Actively through internal training and external introduction, the basic theoretical research is closely integrated with engineering practice, independent research and development and international cooperation are combined, and talent training and scientific research are combined.

The center has published 305 academic papers in domestic and foreign journals in relevant field, including 220 SCI papers and 288 EI papers. It has published 13 Chinese and English monographs including “Introduction to Agricultural Internet of Things” and “Agriculture 4.0”. In the fields of aquaculture water sensors, measurement and control models and methods, and wireless measurement and control equipment, it has obtained 51 national authorized invention patents, and disclosed 47 national invention patents. It is the first to build a complete aquaculture IoT technology system, leading the domestic aquatic products the development direction of networking. Formulate 4 national standards, 5 industry standards, and 1 local standard for aquaculture sensing, perception data, transmission network, control equipment and other technologies. Participated in the formulation of international agricultural IoT standards, especially the formulation of international standards for agricultural applications, and created the Aquatic Products Network 2.0 working group with 13 working groups, initiated and established the China Fishery Internet of Things and Big Data Industry Innovation Alliance (China Smart Fishery Collaborative Innovation Platform), The products with independent intellectual property rights have been widely used in leading aquaculture companies such as Laizhou Mingbo, Sichuan Tongwei, Zhanjiang Guolian, Rongcheng Haodangjia, and Tianjin Haifa respectively.. Land-based factory farming has been promoted in 23 provinces and cities including Jiangsu, Tianjin, Shandong, Guangdong, Fujian, Guangxi, Ningxia, and Xinjiang. 6.3 million square meters, 8.25 million mu of ponds and offshore breeding, involving 31 breeding species.

China Agricultural University
College of Information and Electrical Engineering

Dr. Yang Wang

Project Leader

Shanhong Zhang

Project contact

China Second Partner

Mingbo Aquatic Products Co., Ltd. (MbA) is the first domestic leading enterprise that realizes full-circulating water fish farming from laboratory to factory production, and innovatively realizes the combination of circulating water and deep-water cages, creating a “land-sea relay” efficient breeding mode. The company participated in more than 30 national projects. It has 8 internationally advanced achievements related to marine fish and 31 authorized patents. MbA is a high-tech enterprise mainly engaged in the development of high-tech fish species such as grouper and rock bream, healthy breeding, and marine pasture construction. It has a solid foundation in the field of intelligent aquaculture, especially in the areas of circulating aquaculture and “land-sea relay” efficient aquaculture. It has related patents and practical application cases.

Mingbo Aquatic

Dr. Wensheng Li

Project Leader