Tomorrow’s fish farms will be unmanned
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.