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Maiman joins board of ReelData AI

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ReelData, an AI company providing customised data and automation to land-based aquaculture farmers, has added Ohad Maiman, founder and former CEO of The Kingfish Company, to its board of directors.

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Ohad Maiman

He has been appointed to the board of ReelData AI, after stepping down as CEO of The Kingfish Company

The news comes just over a month after the company announced a successful Series A funding round where they closed $8 million in a deal led by Buoyant Ventures and S2G Ventures.

Maiman made the decision to step down as CEO of The Kingfish Company in November 2022. His intention was to support the industry through other avenues, with artificial intelligence being a high priority. His relationship with ReelData started in November 2021, when The Kingfish Company implemented their inaugural product, ReelAppetite - an AI-controlled automated feeding system that monitors the appetite of fish through the wasted feed released through the tank, and adjusts feed real-time to limit waste while maximising growth. This has since been followed by ReelBiomass - the only biomass estimation camera created specifically for RAS and flow-through systems.

“Ohad has been a friend and mentor to us at ReelData long before we made an official agreement,” said Mathew Zimola, CEO and co-founder of ReelData. “He has a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be immeasurable as we continue to expand our business to help the underserved land-based aquaculture industry. It was an easy decision to welcome him in an official capacity.”

“Having experienced first hand the capabilities and challenges of building and operating a large scale land based operation, I am convinced that while the ability to grow fish to market size on land has been proven, significant room for improvements in operational excellence and efficiencies remains, and ReelData AI is at the forefront of developing these capabilities. By leveraging AI and significant technological capabilities Matt and his team have been able to identify and tackle the most critical needs of land-based farmers, and I am excited to support the company as it continues to develop ground-breaking products for the land-based sector,” said Maiman.

Maiman founded The Kingfish Company in 2015, alongside experienced RAS and aquaculture experts Kees Kloet and Hans den Bieman. The company began trading on the Oslo stock exchange in 2020. They have also been successful in obtaining permits to expand their operations in Maine. More recently, the company experienced a sales increase of 82 percent in 2022, with Q4 sales up by 34 percent.

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