AI helps feed fish better

Artificial intelligence developed by AKVA and Observe Technologies helps feed fish more efficiently Photo: AKVA Artificial intelligence developed by AKVA and Observe Technologies helps feed fish more efficiently Photo: AKVA
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Global aquaculture company, AKVA, and British artificial intelligence (AI) specialist Observe Technologies have produced new software that uses AI to help feed fish more efficiently.

The software not only counts visible pellets, but also completes a detailed analysis of the fish behaviour that when used together assists the operator in the optimisation of feeding.

“This is a revolutionary breakthrough for the fish farming industry,” said Andrew Campbell, AKVA group’s regional president for the Americas and Australasia. 

“The AI feeding assistant supports the moment-to-moment decision making process of the most critical and cost sensitive process of farming fish. It is always learning and providing the site staff with new insights to understand each pen’s feeding behaviour, something that as an industry we have simply not had the ability to do before,” he added.

Keeps learning

Alerts from the system are uploaded to the cloud for further machine learning and are then used to update the onsite AI to improve the assistance specific to that particular site. The optimal growth rate for each pen is learned by comparing sensor, video, feed and external data feeds over time.

The results from the sites in operation are being collated and reported back through a separate web-based management tool, making it easy to monitor and benchmark sites and learn on a larger scale how different factors link together.

The solution was first installed on farms during 2017 and is currently in full operation in Scotland and Chile. AKVA is also planning on rolling out to the Nordic market this year.

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