Combating Aquaculture Critics with Underwater Drones
Kiara Vallier | May 9, 2016
The aquaculture industry in general is one that receives a lot of criticism from various groups and individuals. We don’t claim that the global aquaculture industry is perfect and that it doesn’t bring about some interesting questions about sustainability and the environment. However, after spending time among various aquaculture professionals and visiting numerous farm sites, one thing I’ve learned is that the fish farming industry is an important solution to the global food security challenges that become more prominent as populations increase.
During my visits to these sites and speaking to professionals I have learned that while there are still poor aquaculture practices that take place in some areas of the globe, there are also numerous farm sites that are committed to sustainability and providing a safe and healthy food source. So, for all of those farms that works to maintain sustainable and safe operations, here are four ways in which using a mini-ROV like the Deep Trekker DTG2 ROV can help you combat industry critics.
Site selection and Benthic Testing
Once a farm operation is set up and running, with a system like our DTG2 Worker ROV, you can attach sediment and water samplers to the grabber arm to perform regular benthic testing of the area underneath the farm structure.You will thus be able to document changes and take appropriate action to mitigate the risks and effects that the farm may have on the surrounding ecosystems. The beauty of having the ROV is that you can create documentation to prove that you are monitoring the area regularly.
Diagnostic Testing on Morts
Monitoring the Stock
Documenting the Operations
Mini-ROVs like the DTG2 ROV are the perfect tool to use on aquaculture sites around the globe. They are a useful tool that save employees time and money, offer way to teach employees about everything that goes on out of site below the surface of the water, and offer a way to prove that sustainable practices are being used on the farm site.
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