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Fish egg grader wins innovation award

by the Fish Site Editor
16 August 2007, at 1:00am

NORWAY - Aqua Gen AS has been awarded the Nor Fishing Foundations Innovation Prize 2007 for its egg grading system.

The Trondheim-based company was presented with a cheque for NOR 100,000 and a Karl Erik Harr print during Aqua Nor. Aqua Gen’s grading machine will grade salmon and trout eggs. It measures size and counts eggs and has the capacity to handle 100,000 eggs an hour. This process is usually carried out manually so this equipment has the potential to reduce labour costs and improve efficiency at hatcheries.

Other short listed entries in the competition were:

DSM Dyneema’s new fibre for nets. The Dutch company has developed one of the strongest fibres that are both environmentally friendly and durable. The nets weigh a third of conventionally manufactured nets and it is very difficult for seaweed to colonise them. Nets made of the fibres have also been shown to have better water flow, says DSM.

A fillet grading instrument from Oslo-based QVision was also short listed. The system is capable of measuring the size, pigmentation and fat content of salmon fillets. It was developed in conjunction with SINTEF Fishery and Aquaculture and the Norwegian Food Research Institute.

This is the fifth Innovation award to be presented to exhibitors at the show. The aim of the competition is to encourage more technological research and development and improvement to efficiency within the commercial fish farming sector. This year attracted eight entries from companies across the world.

the Fish Site Editor