Individualised fish farming tackles disease

26 Oct 2017
iFarm

iFarm enables monitoring of factors such as growth, sea lice, disease and lesions

Technology that will improve fish welfare and reduce disease in farming could soon be in use.

Cermaq’s application for ten licenses to implement its iFarm concept, which works by individually monitoring each fish through photo recognition, has been deemed within the scope of the Norwegian development licenses system by the Directorate of Fisheries.

Knut Ellekjær, managing director of Cermaq Norway, said: “IFarm will effectively reduce the need for sea lice treatment and will enable us to bring fish welfare to a new level by monitoring each fish in the pen.”

Photo benefits

The photo recognition technology enables monitoring of factors such as growth, sea lice, disease and lesions that affect the health and welfare of the individual fish.

In addition, it is possible to separate the fish that needs treatment, for example against sea lice. In this instance, the extent of treatments will be dramatically reduced, said Cermaq.

Harald Takle, technology research director and project manager for iFarm, said: “The biological challenges are crucial for the success of farming in a sustainable way. iFarm is based on biological competence and has many parallels to what we have in agriculture and the food sector.”

The iFarm sensor was developed by BioSort, whose CEO, Geir Stang Hauge, commented that the technology can be used in open net pens as well as in closed systems.

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