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Development of novel system for continuous remote monitoring of weight, growth, and size distribution of fish in aquaculture enclosures

Objective

Today there is ±5% error in estimation of biomass in fish farming. This represents € 91M in loss for the European fish farming industry. Around 80 % of all sales of farmed fish are arranged pre-harvest. To make profit on the sale, farmers and processors are dependent on correct estimations of weight, size distribution and total biomass. Furthermore, fish feed constitutes 50% of the production costs in fish farming. Cost of excess feeding is therefore high. It is a fact that European fish farmers have been facing serious competition from low cost countries during over the recent years, especially the sea bass & bream sector in southern Europe. The FishScan project will develop a novel system for continuous remote monitoring of weight, growth and size distribution of fish for use within aquaculture enclosures. The aim is to achieve an accuracy of 99% in size measurements for fish > 1kg, and 97 % for fish at 100g. The FishScan system has a potential in aid a reduction from the current ±5% to ±3% error in biomass estimates. This represents increased profit of € 40,445 p.a. per farm license and corresponds to economical benefits of €41M p.a. in increased profits for the European aquaculture industry. To achive this, the FishScan project will: Increase knowledge of fish behaviour in net cages to enable representative sampling; Transferring Time-of-Flight (ToF) technology and software to an aquaculture setting; Design robust camera module & optimise LED power & positioning; Design translation system for movement of camera module in fish cage; Develope software for use underwater on fish; Develop LED driver to increase frequency from 20MHZ up to 40MHz to increase depth resolution of ToF data; Design control system for camera module movement, light settings and camera and image processing software; Integrate and validate the FishScan system to obtain a working prototype. The SMEs in the FishScan project expects a NPV (10yrs, 7%) of €1.3M from the project.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2010-1
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Coordinator

STORVIK AQUA AS
Address
Industriveien 13
6600 Sunndalsora
Norway

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gunnar Kindsbakken (Mr.)
EU contribution
€ 430 266,50

Participants (7)

PORO I NORRLANGTRASK AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 211 356
Address
Norrlangtrask 6
93495 Kage

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Einar Marklund (Mr.)
AQUABIOTECH LIMITED
Malta
EU contribution
€ 154 102,50
Address
Naggar Street Central Complex Targa Gap
MST 1761 Mosta

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Shane A. Hunter (Mr.)
FIBULA AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 152 854
Address
Forskningsv B Oppg A 1
0373 Oslo

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Odd Arild Olsen (Dr.)
LEROY MIDNOR AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 20 850
Address
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7247 Hestvika Hitra

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Arve Olav Lervag (Mr.)
SWANSEA UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 4 302
Address
Singleton Park
SA2 8PP Swansea

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Robin Shields (Dr.)
TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUTT AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 21 709
Address
Kabelgaten 2
N-0580 Oslo

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Asbjorn Rune Ousland (Mr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 4 560
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulrike Ronchetti (Ms.)