BioSort iFarm is a system in development that will monitor the health, lice and growth for each fish in a pen. Individual fish can be removed, for example infection carriers or lice collectors. Only fish with needs will be treated, enabling a shift from group-based operations to Individualized care.
Fish ID – identification of each individual fish
Tracks health development for each fish
Sea lice detection on the entire fish
Tracks growth development or weigh loss
Removes individual fish, e.g. infection carriers
Population analysis and feed optimization
Our mission is to create sensor-based solutions for optimization of fish resources. We want to replace manual inspection and sampling by automated processes and monitoring derived from modern production processes. Our solutions will manage fish on an individual level, creating value and increased sustainability through increased fish welfare and higher production yields.
It is widely recognized that iFarm is a solution that will improve the overall sustainability of salmon farming and reduce its impact on ocean health and biodiversity. iFarm is highlighted in this regard in several publications:
Sustainable food production systems.
Reduce food losses in production and reduce waste through recycling.
Lower carbon emissions.
Protect coastal ecosystems and reduce marine pollution.
Increase fish farming sustainability, fish health and welfare.
Enable governments to increase aquaculture.
Lower salmon mortality and increased average slaughtering weight.
Fully recyclability of BioSort products.
Increased low-carbon footprint protein and improved feed conversion ratio.
Reduce boat operations in aquaculture.
Protect wild salmon from sea lice and escaped farmed salmon.
Minimize pollution and effluents from aquaculture.
The iFarm project has been scaled to the approval for four licenses, and will be launched in Steigen, Nordland county, in January. The first transfer of fish to the sea is planned for autumn 2020.
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Fiskevelferd kontrolleres ved småskala testing av iFarm
Olai Einen, direktør for forskning og utvikling i Cermaq, forklarer i denne artikkelen hvordan iFarm vil være det store gjennombruddet for fiskevelferd og hvordan FishWell vil bli brukt i denne sammenheng. Kjernen ligger i å etablere en helsejournal for hver fisk hvor iFarm følger velferdsindikatorer på hvert individ i merden. I tillegg kan man skille ut fisk som er syk eller som lider. Man unngår også å behandle frisk fisk, i motsetning til dagens gruppebaserte behandlinger for hele merden.