A Revolutionary Solution
RAS BENEFITS OVERVIEW
The revolutionary, patented, VAL™ is the sole aquaculture technology that improves the rate and simplicity of impurity removal through water circulation, fine particulate extraction, and gas exchange in one reliable, energy-efficient device.
Hugely important, it is the only multi-function unit delivering consistent results in a wide range of land-based aquaculture environments (shellfish, finfish, hatcheries, etc.).
To view or download case studies on VAL’s™ use in all three
of these aquaculture categories
TO SHELLFISH PURIFICATION
Water Treatment Challenges Faced in Shellfish Purification
Bivalve mollusks (clams, mussels, oysters, scallops) collect contaminants, including viruses and bacteria, that without removal pose significant risks to humans on consumption. Purging these impurities is of paramount concern in shellfish farming and harvesting.
Bivalve mollusks are filter feeders. They gather food through their gills, taking in impurities from the water as they go.
Contaminants commonly include not only particulate matter, but bacteria and viruses that are attached to them. Risks include poor flavor to illness and even death. This creates a biosecurity issue addressed by Federal sanitary standards that shellfish farmers must meet. The nature of the contaminants determines the processing required.
VAL™ Shellfish Purification
VAL™ Shellfish Purification Trial
This trial was conducted with a VAL600™, on a tank containing 1,300 gallons of sea water and live oysters. The test results were validated by the certified AQMC laboratory (COFRAC #1-1366).
Starting with an E. coli concentration 30 times the allowable coliform limit, the VAL™ reduced the coliform concentration to the 230 U/100 ml threshold in approximately 9 hours. After an additional 9 hours the level had stabilized below 20 U/100 ml, less than 1/10 the allowable coliform limit. This test validates the VAL™ as a highly effective tool in addressing depuration and other aquaculture biosecurity issues. Our wide range of VAL™ models can treat 10 to 1,000 gpm of water, from purification tanks that contain 500 to 50,000 gal. of water with shellfish.
In a recent trial, validated by the certified AQMC laboratory (COFRAC #1-1366), the VAL™ reduced the bacteria concentration by a factor of 300 in a matter of hours
Extracts micro-particulates and pathogens that contaminate shellfish rearing water. Micron sized air bubbles attach to surface active particles and carry them to the free surface forming a concentrated layer of foam that is then removed.
VAL's™ foam fractionation removes fine particles smaller than 40 µm giving rise to high quality water. The ability of VAL™ to extract microparticles makes it an effective biosecurity tool as it extracts bacteria, viruses, toxic microalgae and parasites.
In the process of extracting the pathogens, the VAL™ also strips carbon dioxide, reaerates and circulates the water.