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Aquakultor, the first video game for a smarphone in which the player becomes a fish breeder!

Aquakultor game for smartphone
Aquaculture production increases every year and it must meet sustainability challenges. Mathieu Besson's PhD studies (in partnership with Wageningen university and INRA, Rennes) have shown that genetic selection can improve the economic results of fish farms and reduce their impact on the environment.

KEY-WORDS: Aquaculture ; smartphone application ; positive communication; sustainability; video game; selection; environmental impact

We wanted to share our positive results with the public in an original manner - so we created a video game. This is how Aquakultor was born; the first video game for a smartphone that lets the player become a fish farmer. The novice farmer develops his/her own farm while controlling its impact on the environment. Then, the player may develop his/her own program for genetic selection in order to reduce its impact on the environment.

The game was developed in partnership with Ifremer and the company, Toma Game Studio. Since the game was launched during the opening ceremony of the World Aquaculture Conference on August 19, 2018, it has been downloaded by more than 6200 people in the world via Android and Apple platforms.

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Bibliographic references

Besson, M., de Boer, I.J.M., Vandeputte, M., van Arendonk, J.A.M., Quillet, E., Komen, H., and J. Aubin. 2017. Effect of production quotas on economic and environmental values of growth rate and feed efficiency in sea cage fish farming. PLOS ONE 12:e0173131.
Besson, M., M. Vandeputte, J.M.A. van Arendonk, J. Aubin, I.J.M. de Boer, E. Quillet, H. Komen. 2016b. Influence of water temperature on the economic value of growth rate in fish farming: The case of sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) cage farming in the Mediterranean. Aquaculture 462: 47-55.
Besson, M., J. Aubin, K. Komen, M. Poelman, E. Quillet, M. Vandeputte, J.M.A. van Arendonk, and I.J.M. de Boer. 2016a. Environmental impacts of genetic improvement of growth rate and feed conversion ratio in fish farming under rearing density and nitrogen output limitations. J. Clean. Prod. 116: 100-109.
Besson, M., H. Komen, J. Aubin, I.J.M. de Boer, M. Poelman,  E. Quillet, C. Vancoilie,  M. Vandeputte, and J.A.M. van Arendonk. 2014. Economic values of growth and feed efficiency for fish farming in recirculating aquaculture system with density and nitrogen output limitations: a case study with African catfish (Clarias gariepinus). J. Anim. Sci. 92: 5394-5405.