Norway Royal Salmon (NRS) has piloted an artificial intelligence (AI) solution from Microsoft and technology firm ABB. The product can be used to improve fishing sustainability and safety by monitoring the salmon population via underwater cameras.
By using remote object detection, NRS can reduce its staff workload and send them out to sea less often, thus reducing carbon emissions from boat operations and the likelihood of safety incidents.
“NRS has always focused on extensive research, development, cooperation and innovation,” said Arve Olav Lervag, chief operating officer of farming at NRS. “To continuously improve sustainability and increase the safety of our individuals, we worked with ABB and Microsoft to co-create innovative ways that empower us to achieve more on every level.”
The underwater cameras capture images of the salmon, which the Microsoft Azure-based AI solution then analyses for biomass and population estimation.
Kodiak’s trawl fleet is heading out to the fishing grounds to catch pollock in a fishery that opened Jan. 20.
Julie Bonney is the Executive Director of the Alaska Groundfish Data Bank, which represents trawlers and processors.
She says the trawlers are looking at lower quota level this year.
“The pollock quotas this year are about 20 percent less than last year. We’ve got about 30 vessels that will be fishing out of Kodiak.
“And everybody’s really interested to see what the catch rates will be and the grade of fish, just because it’s been so cold and snowy. The past four of five years the fishery’s really taken off on the 20, and done well. But this year it might be delayed somewhat just because of the colder regime that we are working under right now.”
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Brexit Party MEP June Mummery isn't as well known as her colleagues like Nigel Farage and Ann Widdecombe but in the past week has become infamous for her comments on Brexit and the fishing industry.
On Monday, she confused many people after appearing to realise that by leaving the European Union, Brits will no longer be able to hold those people in Brussels responsible for what happens to 'Britain's waters.'
You could have been forgiven for thinking that this 'lightbulb' moment from a Brexiteer would have been the last we would have heard from her, as, after all, Brexit is going to happen on January 31.
LAND based salmon farming company Pure Salmon has chosen France to site its biggest facility to date.
The €175million plant will be built in Boulogne-Sur-Mer, the seafood gateway to Europe, and aims to produce 10,000 tonnes of salmon a year.
The RAS (recirculating aquaculture system) farm will create 160 permanent new jobs, said Pure Salmon, which announced the development today at the Choose France Summit, in the Château of Versailles, hosted by French president, Emmanuel Macron.
Pure Salmon France, which will be the largest salmon RAS facility in the European Union, has received significant support from the French government at local, regional and national levels, including grants and other financial support, as well as administrative assistance.
The new state-of-the-art unit will be fully integrated from hatchery and grow-out to processing and smoking. Construction of the site is due to start in Q4 2020, with the first harvest of market size salmon expected in 2023.
Source: fishfarmermagazine.com | Read full article here
YouKuai Group brand Z-Rou Meat has signed a distribution agreement partnership with B2B seafood supplier IS Seafood to provide sustainable plant-based meat alternatives in China.
Launched in December 2019 in China, Z-Rou Meat delivers plant-based meat to several restaurants. The company aims to offer customers and chefs sustainable plant-based meat alternatives.
The plant-based meat is made of 100% plant ingredients comprising non-GMO soybeans, konjac, coconut oil and shiitake. It is claimed to be 87% more efficient in comparison to established pork production and causes less harm to the environment.
DAR ES SALAAM (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian authorities on Sunday declared a special crackdown on importers of illegal fishing gear saying the malpractice affected the fisheries industry in the east African nation.
"The government has reinforced inspection and control at all entry points to ensure that not a single illegal fishing gear is imported into the country," said Luhaga Mpina, the Minister for Livestock and Fisheries.
"Importers of illegal fishing gear are warned against involvement in the malpractice. Those who are implicated in the malpractice will face the full force of the law," warned Mpina on a visit to Nyotaventure Fishnet, a fishing gear factory based in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
Mpina said fishing gear that was produced locally were of high standard and urged manufacturers of the fishing gear to produce in bulk.
Recently Mpina visited fishermen in parts of Lakes Nyasa, Victoria and Tanganyika, and along coastal areas of the Indian Ocean where they complained to him that imported illegal fishing gear was posing a threat to the country's fishing industry.
The fishermen complained to the minister that illegal fishing gear was being sold openly across the country and no efforts were insight to control the situation.