5 Innovations In Aquaculture Worth Adopting – Aqua Nor 2019
As this marks our 5th year at AquaNor – the world’s largest aquaculture technology exhibition – we’ve listed 5 innovations in aquaculture worth catching on to.
For the first time in history, the consumption of farmed fish has exceeded that of wild-caught fish, and by 2030, aquaculture is expected to account for two-thirds of the fish that humans consume.
The increased demand for fish has put a strain on resources and sustainable practices among fisheries, requiring the innovative use of existing and new technologies. Fortunately, there is great potential to produce this protein source sustainably through the adoption of technology.
Invest in Technological Innovation
Aquaculture is a young industry—decades behind that of livestock farming. Disease control, feeds and nutrition and low-impact production systems are areas where technology can be used to improve efficiency. These sorts of innovations—whether led by farmers, research institutions, companies, or governments—are proven to increase productivity of fish farms, globally.
Adopt Remotely Operated Vehicles
Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) offer applications for aquaculture below the water. Deep Trekker ROVs can be utilized for monitoring offshore fish farms and can take on any number of tasks that currently require specialized and expensive human intervention, such as inspecting underwater nets for damage or holes.
With Deep Trekker’s latest innovations, net inspections can be completed quickly and easily, often in less than 30 minutes per pen due to ROV’s ability to capture video in a 270-degree vertical arc. The system also allows operators to inspect nets from top to bottom, often in only one or two passes around the circular pen. Optional side-facing cameras allow technicians to perform lateral inspections with ease by simply flying the ROV around the cage.
Focus Beyond the Farm
Most aquaculture regulations and certifications focus at the individual farm level. But having many producers in the same area can lead to cumulative environmental impacts—such as water pollution or fish diseases—even if everyone is following the law.
Planning and zoning can ensure that aquaculture operations stay within the surrounding ecosystem’s carrying capacity and can also lessen conflicts over resource use. Norway’s zoning laws, for example, ensure that salmon producers are not overly concentrated in one area, reducing disease risk and helping mitigate environmental impacts.
The Future of AI
Collecting most of their information from underwater inspection cameras, such as Deep Trekker’s DTPod – and sensors, aquaculture farms are harnessing the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to improve decision-making.
According to The Economist, nearly 32 percent of wild-caught fish are procured unsustainably. The introduction of AI can greatly reduce overexploited fish species through ROV systems that use AI to identify species and enable greater accountability of harvesting practices.
Virtual reality is opening eyes to aquaculture (quite literally!)
The opportunities for Virtual Reality (VR) in the aquaculture industry can be used for training and education. VR is being used by NTNU to pique the next generation’s interest in aquaculture. NTNU has developed an aquaculture simulator that uses VR to allow students to virtually visit a fish farm. Now that’s fin-tastic!
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Aqua Nor is the venue where news of importance to the industry is presented. This year, more than 500 companies from 27 countries are present and we are honoured to be one of them!