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Companies collaborate over aquaculture efficiency

Sustainability Technology & equipment +2 more

A project that aims to develop a new innovative software tool to reduce the environmental footprint of the aquaculture industry and optimise efficiencies in the sector is currently being developed by a group of Danish companies.

Organised by the Danish Green Development and Demonstration Programme (GUDP), the project aims to develop an advanced tool that can gather and process data from stakeholders across the aquaculture sector, including suppliers and fish farmers, in a shared cloud-based database.

Over the last few decades, the world of information technology has advanced significantly, and so has the aquaculture industry, although it still falls behind other sectors, such as pig farming.

"The GUDP-project aims at combining IT and aquaculture to develop smart, easy-to-deploy, user-friendly tools that can lead to a new era of connected, responsible and efficient, and thus, sustainable aquaculture," says Paw Petersen, Managing Director, Oxyguard International, who are leading the project.

Other contributors include BioMar, Danish Salmon, AquaPri, Danaqua, Aller Aqua, Kongeåens Dambrug, DTU-Aqua, University of Copenhagen – a diverse group who aim to ensure that all parts of the aquaculture production chain are taken into consideration.

For data processing, the software will build on technologies such as big data, internet of things (IoT) and machine learning. This will help to reduce the environmental impact of aquaculture by enhancing husbandry, optimising the use of feed and oxygen, and a range of other factors.

Ole Christensen, Vice President for BioMar's EMEA Division, said in a press release to mark the launch of the project: "For BioMar, the aim is to help our customers to become more efficient and more sustainable in an economically viable way. Our participation in projects of this kind helps us deliver on our strategy of innovating for a sustainable aquaculture for today and tomorrow".