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Video Surveillance Cuts Salmon Farm Losses

by Ellen Hardy
30 April 2008, at 1:00am

CHILE - Trusal SA, a leading Chilean aquaculture industry, has installed Ioimage video analytics to protect its salmon pools in Puerto Montt.

Ioimage, is a pioneering intelligent video appliances designed that is simple to install and use. It can monitor security of fish stocks and equipment.

Several logistical issues had to be taken into consideration in selecting an effective security system that would also minimize the incidence of false alarms. As surveillance would be across both land and sea, variable environmental factors such as precipitation and wind velocity had to be addressed, said partner and installer Andres Dieterich, Project Manager of Technology & Systems, in an article for BYM Marine Environment News.

"The layout of the sprawling property makes a perimeter fence unfeasible. The solution had to be capable of detecting intrusion by boats and unauthorized persons, while differentiating between marine predators and harmless small animals entering the perimeter," he added.

Suffered Losses

Chile loses up to $2 million a year in theft of salmon and salmon eggs. Trusal has 28 salmon pools and a total perimeter of 8,000 square meters, and runs one of the country's major fish farming operations. It has and was suffered significant losses from intruders, fishing boats and predators. Since installing Ioimage thefts have been reduced by 75 percent and manpower by 30 percent.

View the BYM Marine Environment News story by clicking here.

Ellen Hardy