• INRA - 1986-1988

    Saint Pée sur Nivelle - France.


    Fishfarm manager. KERGUELEN Islands, T.A.A.F (French Southern and Antarctic Territories).


    Sea Ranching project for Coho (Oncorhynchus kisutch) and Chinook (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) production.

    Smolt production in cage.

  • P2M - 1990-1992



    Production Manager Assistant.

    In charge of sea bass and sea bream ongrowing in cage for an Offshore pilot project.

    Staff training (merchant navy divers and seamen).

  • P2M - 1991



    Management (from installation to production) of a 3 offshore cages pilot project. Cages were moored 2 miles offshore at 100m depht.

  • ACQUA AZZURRA - 1997

    Sicily - Italy.


    Responsible for the project (from specification to sea trials) of a 45 feet versatile well boat allowing transporting juveniles as well as performing all tasks routinely carried out on offshore cage sites.

  • The experiences that have marked my professional background in fish farming.

    INRA - FRANCE,(September 1986 to July 1988)

    Experimental fish farm on KERGUELEN Islands, T.A.A.F. (French Southern and Antarctic Territories). “Sea ranching” production of Coho (Oncorhynchus kisutch) and Chinook (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha).


    I have been managing for 15 months an experimental fish farm on Kerguelen Island under the direction of INRA (the french National Institute for Agricultural Research). This farm, located in the south of Indian Ocean, was probably the more remote fish farm in the world (50° South, 70° East). I insured the production of smolts, and was responsible for logistics coordination of the project. I also participated in the assessment of salmon populations in the rivers of the island. Finally I attended to the first returns of salmons, which allowed me carry out the first artificial fertilisation on site.


    Águilas - Spain.


    Development of the fishing system of the group:

    • Special nets design.
    • Team training.
    • Implementation of the technique in all the farms of the group.

    Águilas - Spain.


    Transport of juveniles by boat:

    • Transformation of a 90 feet boat for live fish transport.
    • On board supervision of juveniles transport and delivery.
    • Delivery of a procedures document.
    • Training of hatchery staff to transport and unloading of juveniles.

    Águilas - Spain.


    Responsible for the installation of 7 cages and their mooring system.

    • 4 cages of 25 m diameter. Almeria.
    • 3 cages of 28 m diameter. Guardamar.
  • CULMAREX GROUP - 2007-2009

    Águilas - Spain.


    Management of four 55-60 feet work boat projects, (from specification to sea trials).


    Águilas - Spain.


    Responsible for the installation of 21 cages and their mooring system.

    • 6 cages of 25 m diameter. Malaga.
    • 6 cages of 25 m diameter. Almeria.
    • 9 cages of 28 m diameter. Guardamar.
  • CULMAREX GROUP- 2008-2009

    Águilas - Spain.


    Project manager following the construction of a feed barge with 250 T capacity, (from specification to field trials).


    Águilas - Spain.


    Responsible for the installation of 5 cages and their mooring system.

    • 2 cages of 25 m diameter. Almeria.
    • 3 cages of 32 m diameter. San Pedro del Pinatar.
  • IDEE - 2012

    Montpellier - France.


    Member of the expert group led by IDEE to carry out the "techno-economic feasibility study for an industrial fishfarm project in Mayotte - Capacity of 800T of red drum (Scianops ocellata) and 4000T of cobia (Rachycentron canadum)  per year". MAYOTTE AQUACULTURE - Mayotte - France.


    The work of SINAPS Consult focussed on:

    • Contribution to the sea site selection.
    • Pre-sizing of the production tools.
    • Design of the seasite facilities.
    • Definition of equipment requirements for both the seasite and landbase.
    • Evaluation of needed investments.
    • Detailed evaluation of staff requirement.

    Gran Canaria - Spain.


    Optimization of production tools for a sea bass and sea bream fishfarm leading to feeding mechanization.

    • Manufacturing of 2 hydraulic feed blowers.

    Balaruc les Bains - France.


    Technical evaluation of the deployment of a cage fishfarm. Production target of 1000 Tons of sea bass and sea bream per year. Province of Ain Temouchent – Algeria.

    • Pre-survey of sea site.
    • Rearing scenario and production plan.
    • Definition of equipment requirements for both the seasite and landbase.
    • Detailed evaluation of staff requirement.
    • Detailed evaluation of needed investments.
  • AQUALHO - 2014

    Bay of Al-Hoceima – Marocco.


    Technical assessment of fishfarm's implantation with production target of 1500T of sea bass and sea bream per year:

    • Pre-assessment of the seasite.
    • Preparation of the rearing scenario and production plan.
    • Definition of the production strategy.
    • Pre-sizing of the production tools.
    • Definition of equipment requirements for the selected seasite.
    • Detailed evaluation of the needed investments.
  • GOLDEN GROUP - 2014

    Tourcoing - France.


    Advice to fish cages project holders. Qeshm – Iran.


    Pre-selection of relevant production sites


    Draft project for 3 fish farms (75T pilot fish farm, 325T and 1100T commercial fish farm)


    • Elaboration of production scenarios
    • Proposal of production plans
    • Staff requirement and delivery of organisation charts
    • Evaluation of the minimal compulsory equipment


    Quantitative and qualitative description of materials and equipments needed for the organization of local supply.



    Balaruc – France.


    Study concerning the selection of fish farm sites along the French Mediterranean coastline. This study is based on: risk of storm, potential growth performance and suitable bathymetry.

    Comparison of the economical impact of the relative growth between the selected site and the competing sites.

    Proposals preparation for different configurations of a fish farm with a production capacity of 2000T per year. Comparison of the needed area for various bathymetries.

  • OCEANPRIME - 2016-2017

    Lisbon – Portugal.


    Support of a project in the execution phase: Grow-out of sea bream (Sparus aurata) and greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili) in offshore cages in Madeira.

    • Technical advice on investments.
    • Advice on all aspects of production.
    • Study of establishment and anchoring projects.
    • Nets design.
    • Schedules of specifications for the workboat.
  •  Close-up on freshly harvested farmed Sea BassAfter more than 20 years dedicated to aquaculture and farm management in exposed sites, I decided to share my experience and advise producers and professionals from the field.


    I gained experiences and knowledge within a wide range of production facilities, from small companies to large international groups. My responsibilities included technical, biological, economic and human aspects.


    This experience allows SINAPS Consult to get involved and provide expertise at all levels and development stages of your project.



    Fabrice Denis


    Follow this link to know my professional experience:20 YEARS ON THE SPOT

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