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Your Complete Guide to the Aquaculture Industry

Learn more about the importance of aquaculture industry and how Deep Trekker is contributing to its success with ROV technology

What is Aquaculture?


Aquaculture refers to the cultivation of aquatic organisms in controlled aquatic environments for any commercial, recreational or public purpose. The breeding, rearing and harvesting of plants and animals takes place in all types of water environments including ponds, rivers, lakes, the ocean and man-made systems on land.

Aquaculture serves many purposes, including:

  • Food production for human consumption;
  • Rebuilding of populations of threatened and endangered species;
  • Habitat restoration;
  • Wild stock enhancement

It is one of the fastest growing forms of food production in the world

Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing forms of food production in the world. Because harvest from many wild fisheries has peaked globally, aquaculture is widely recognized as an effective way to meet the seafood demands of a growing population.

Aquaculture produces almost half of the seafood consumed by humans globally, a trend that continues to increase

Using aquaculture techniques, researchers and the aquaculture industry are farming all types of freshwater and marine species of fish and shellfish, with the help of remotely operated vehicles for inspection purposes. 

abalone shell fish farm aquaculture south africa
President, Sam Macdonald - Abalone Shellfish Aquaculture Farm in South Africa

Perform Fast, Thorough Aquaculture Net Inspections with Deep Trekker

Whether it is routine net inspection, lighting, feeding, mooring inspection, mort lift troubleshooting, or stock monitoring, Deep Trekker’s remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) are easy to use, portable and effective for the Aquaculture industry. 

Aquaculture net inspections are completed quickly and easily, often in less than 30 minutes per pen due to the ROV’s ability to capture video in a 270-degree vertical arc. The system 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.

Deep Trekker ROVs are the standard for aquaculture inspections, worldwide. Choose between our two proven models (below), and customize with our range of aquaculture-specific add-ons.

If you have any questions about Aquaculture and how Deep Trekker is contributing with its ROVs > Contact our team today! 

DTG2 Smart & Worker ROV

Compact and robust, complete with heading and depth displays. Depth rated to 150 m (492 ft)

deep trekker dtg2 rov underwater drone aquaculture


Vectored thrusters when working in higher currents or moving laterally. Depth rated to 305 m (1000 ft)



Designed for drop camera inspections and permanent installations, providing high-resolution video to the surface from underwater. Depth rated to 305 m (1000 ft)

DTPod aquaculture

Customer Story: Aqua-Cage Fisheries’ experience using the Deep Trekker ROV

Talk to us about using ROVs to inspect the condition and health of your fish farm

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All of our systems are battery-operated for instant deployment and include a hand-held controller for intuitive piloting. With these systems, we have introduced a wide range of add-ons to customize each product to meet your specific project needs.

Side Facing Camera

Quickly change views to look at nets beside you

aquaculture side facing camera

Mort Retrieval

Scoop up morts for immediate diagnostics or to the lift-up

aquaculture mort retrieval

Net Repairer

Identify holes and quickly patch until a repair can be made

aquaculture net repairer

Water Sampler

Perform environmental monitoring with sampling add-ons, such as the water sampler

aquaculture water sampler

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