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Latin American shrimp companies are leading the sector's digital transformation

Nueva Pescanova Group has announced that it has fully digitalised its shrimp hatcheries in Ecuador and Nicaragua with aquaManager's IoT infrastructure.

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
18 May 2022, at 3:30pm
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Juvenile shrimp

Nueva Pescanova is one of the world's leading shrimp producers, with operations spanning across 7,000 hectares.

AquaManager and the Nueva Pescanova Group are excited to announce the successful implementation of a complete production management solution for the vanammei hatcheries of Promarisco and Camanica, part of Nueva Pescanova Group, located in Ecuador and Nicaragua respectively. This integrated project consists of the aquaManager system, customised to the needs of the group, mobile applications for real-time data collection and an internet of things (IoT) device infrastructure.

This digital ecosystem supports the complex processes of larval production, evaluates performance and optimiaes the results by promptly identifying patterns, trends and areas of attention. The attractive and at the same time user-friendly interface of aquaManager combined with the intuitive mobile applications and seamless integration with water quality sensors, allows Promarisco and Camanica to digitise and homogenise data collection. With solid biological, production and financial data analysis, team members have a common platform to communicate proactively and make the right decisions at the right time.

360 visibility and control over the production process, cost management and full traceability is how Pescanova ultimately benefits from the use of the aquaManager system. Increased performance comes together with sustainability of natural resources, a key concept in the group's operational policy and in full alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Excited to partner with aquaManager, Guillermo Renancio Artal, Nueva Pescanova director of technology said, “we are really happy to use new technologies to manage the production across countries, benchmark performance, increase the quality of our products and improve sustainability. This project is an integral part of our shift towards the full digitalisation of production and within the context of the digital transformation strategy of the Nueva Pescanova Group. We are excited to be pioneers and pave the way that other companies in the sector will certainly follow.”

aquaManager allows the management teams of Promarisco and Camanica to control the production in each company individually, but also provides consolidated information that Nueva Pescanova Group can use to engage in combined and collaborative production planning and resources allocation.

“The success of the project is a collaborative result. The cooperation with the production teams in Ecuador and Nicaragua was amazing, only to be matched by the dedication and commitment of the group’s management and IT team” said Konstantinos Bovolis, product manager of aquaManager. “We worked very closely to analyse every aspect of the processes and proceed with an implementation that fits the way the group operates and provides measurable benefits and true value.”

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Shrimp post larvae from a hatchery

Shrimp aquaculture is still in its technological infancy, but the industry is keen to adopt digital solutions to improve production. © Homegrown Shrimp

Nueva Pescanova is one of the leading shrimp producers in the world, with a production spreading across 7,000 hectares, with its hatchery facilities in Nicaragua being among the largest in Central America. While the shrimp aquaculture sector, as a whole, is still in its technological infancy, Pescanova is leading the way towards its inevitable digital transformation.

Since its inception back in 2000, aquaManager has strived to revolutionise the world of aquaculture. The solutions provided by the team are designed to enable organisations to control the business, optimise efficiency, reduce waste, increase sustainability and achieve complete traceability. The digitalisation of aquaculture and the company’s efforts, go hand to hand with ensuring environmental sustainability.

In recent years, aquaManager has evolved from a management software to a unique and scalable ecosystem that includes business intelligence tools, leverages IoT through integrated smart devices and equipment and reshapes aquaculture with customer-driven innovations that make use of artificial intelligence.