Drones may be used to move seafood

Fish Farmer - - News -

A MA­JOR Chi­nese com­pany is look­ing at a plan to use drones to ferry seafood from some of Canada’s pro­duc­tion plants on the east coast to the air­port, re­duc­ing the need for long over­land jour­neys.

The com­pany jd.com has been hold­ing talks with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment in Ot­tawa to al­low it to test such a drone fleet.

China is a large pur­chaser of Cana­dian lob­ster, prawns, farmed salmon and clams.

Based in Beijing, jd.com is al- ready the world’s lead­ing com­pany in high-tech de­liv­ery us­ing drones and other forms of au­to­mated tech­nol­ogy, such as ro­bots and driver­less ve­hi­cles.

CEO Richard Liu met Cana­dian prime min­is­ter Justin Trudeau in Beijing to seek a li­cence to op­er­ate the drones. The com­pany’s in­ter­est in drone flights has been sparked by the cost of do­mes­tic road trans­port and ship­ping and the small num­ber of air­ports which have di­rect links with China.

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