On-going efforts are made to develop existing and new services on the high-tech, innovative software platform, which will soon enable each farmer to use the Stingray system for more than optical delousing. This will lead to fewer installations of different types of equipment in the pens, and give our users a general overview and access to regular reports.
Norwegian fish farmers are obliged to know the exact number of fish in each pen, and to stay within the maximum permittable biomass (MTB) limit. The biomass must therefore be reported to the authorities regularly.
Today, biomass measurements are generally carried out manually, or based on calculations of feed consumption. This is both weather-dependent, time-consuming and labour-intensive for the farmer, and highly stressful for the fish. It also leads to quite inaccurate results. Today’s measurements may have a margin of error of 5–10 per cent. This often leads to overfeeding, and consequently to higher production costs and environmental impact.
By utilising camera vision and software, fish measurements can be fully automated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, throughout the year. The biomass measurement application is expected to be launched in 2017.