Help the Tennessee Aquarium create a next generation, universal water quality monitoring system.
In 2012, consumers in the United States spent an estimated $82.6 billion on seafood, making the U.S. one of the top three seafood markets worldwide. Yet the domestic farm value of aquaculture products only approaches $1.3 billion annually. Thus, much of the U.S. demand is supplied by international imports. Consumer demand for fish continues to climb, especially in affluent nations, which in 2014 imported 63% of all fish products. Global consumption of seafood has increased by 21% since 1991. But levels of fish catches in the wild have remained roughly stable since the mid-1990s, close to 90-93 million tons annually; increasing reliance on aquaculture. And it’s not just about seafood; fish is an ingredient in pet food, health supplements, fishmeal and many non-food products manufactured on a global scale. The UN predicts another 2 billion people will join the world’s population within 20 years. Add to this the surge in consumption that is expected as the world’s emerging economies develop and expand, and it is clear that pressure on seafood resources will increase. One of the barriers preventing aquaculture production facilities from helping to reduce dependence on wild caught seafood is the lack of an affordable multi-parameter water quality probe.
Build upon freshwater research to create an affordable, convenient & effective next generation, universal water quality monitoring system
Utilize the huge database of already collected data on freshwater water quality around the globe
Make the most value out of the real-time water quality data collected by the QualTracker, an easy to use, go anywhere device
Decide if your business model will be based on profit from QualTracker sales or will it be generated from data-driven services
You must utilize the cloud to connect all items for storing data and making distance operation possible and secure
Prototype testing of your product must be ready by end of 2017
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