To­mor­row’s fish farms will be un­manned

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE - By Ingvil Snofugl

Ro­bot­ics tech­nol­ogy is mak­ing in­roads into the aqua­cul­ture sec­tor, mak­ing it pos­si­ble to reg­u­late fa­cil­i­ties from on­shore, ac­cord­ing to re­searchers in Nor­way.

Cur­rently, ser­vice ves­sels with sev­eral crew on board are used to carry out day-to-day tasks on fish farm fa­cil­i­ties. Such tasks in­clude every­thing from fish wel­fare mon­i­tor­ing to fa­cil­ity in­spec­tions, con­trol of feed ra­tioning and lice count­ing.

These op­er­a­tions may be­come more de­mand­ing in the fu­ture now that we know that the in­dus­try is plan­ning to lo­cate fa­cil­i­ties in more open wa­ters where weather and sea con­di­tions are harsher. This is why re­searchers are work­ing to as­sem­ble a team of ro­bots that can do these jobs.

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