Students develop mobile aerator for fishponds, cages

A GROUP of 5th year (graduating) students from the University of Luzon (UL) did a successful test of the mobile aerator they developed at a fishpond at the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources’ (BFAR’s) research center here.

The group is composed of Computer Engineering students Norman Fernandez, Rochelle Miguel, Haide de Vera, Ethan Santillan, Joemar Cruzada, and Jay Carl Biana of the University of Luzon (UL).

The mobile aerator equipment can also monitor the dissolved oxygen (DO) level of a fishpond or fish cage.

According to Fernandez, the group leader, they improved on the steady aerator model developed by students in 2014.

One of the improvements they made, he said, is the capability of the equipment to send SMS (text messages), and can move around the fishpond.

The mobile equipment is run by battery, charged through a solar panel installed at the top of the said equipment.

They used a GSM module in the project to communicate.

Dr. Westly Rosario, BFAR chief, who witnessed the testing of the mobile equipment, said the mobile equipment could help especially during this time of climate change wherein fish kills can be frequent since it can help maintain the ideal DO level of the water.

The equipment can be used in fish cages and other mariculture parks in the country especially those engaged in high-value species. (Cesar Ramirez)

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