Aquaculture for all

InnovaSea adds to offshore aquaculture expertise

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The offshore aquaculture specialist InnovaSea Systems announced that it has acquired Amirix Systems, which owns a number of companies that specialise in using acoustic telemetry for tracking both wild and farmed fish.

Amirix is the parent company of Vemco, HTI Vemco and Realtime Aquaculture. The former are leaders in fish tracking and monitoring solutions for fisheries researchers worldwide, while Realtime Aquaculture specializes in real time environmental monitoring of fish farms. Both product lines are based on using acoustic telemetry to communicate wirelessly underwater.

InnovaSea is a leader in the design and manufacture of innovative, fully integrated commercial open-ocean aquaculture systems, designing and producing advanced, environmentally-focused sustainable technologies and service solutions for the industry.

innovaSea's offshore aquaculture systems include the Aquapod

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“Amirix Systems has been a pioneer in low power underwater acoustic telemetry with its fish tracking technology and wireless environmental monitoring solutions,” says David Kelly, CEO of InnovaSea Systems. “The combination of InnovaSea’s aquaculture instrumentation and Amirix’s sensors, architecture and established products will provide a complete integrated solution for monitoring aquaculture farms. With Amirix joining the InnovaSea family, we have increased talent, products and capabilities to meet the needs of our customers; and we look forward to creating technology that will radically change the conversation around aquaculture, ocean conservancy and food security.”

Combining with InnovaSea Systems is a logical step in growing the business and expanding opportunities globally.

“Given our strong reputation in fish-tracking technology and our recent expansion into the aquaculture marketplace, InnovaSea is a natural partner for us,” reflects Mark Jollymore, CEO of Amirix. “It’s evident to us that InnovaSea values and recognizes the expertise of our people and the worldclass quality of our production facility right here in Nova Scotia. Our operations in Bedford and Seattle will continue to grow as hubs of innovation for aquaculture and fish tracking.”

Robert Orr, CEO of Cuna del Mar, a US-based impact investment fund which is the majority owner of InnovaSea, comments: “I look forward to what the companies’ combined resources can bring in our quest to advance ocean conservancy and food security. With the addition of Amirix and its products and technologies, we can accelerate our development of sustainable offshore aquaculture systems and simultaneously support the research and understanding of wild fish populations.”

InnovaSea Systems is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts with facilities in Seattle and Maine. Amirix will operate in Canada as InnovaSea Marine Systems Canada Inc. The Canadian offices will remain in Bedford NS.