Aquaculture involves a string of processes, some of which run in parallel. Fish farms need to run the process from feed to a saleable salmon product as efficiently as possible. The fish value chain runs from feed production to smoltification, sea farming, slaughtering and processing, distribution and sales. By controlling the whole process, companies can draw benefit from each stage in the value chain. A process automation system can help keep all these stages together and trace products throughout. The objective is to convert feed into saleable salmon product in the most efficient way possible.
Spawning and smoltification
• A process automation system can provide statistical production analysis tools to help ensure better feed conversion and survival
• Analysis of volume, type and timing of feed across locations can be compared to fish growth allowing the feeding regime to be optimized over time
• The impact of other factors such as water quality and temperature can also be reviewed and controlled more effectively to improve the growth and health of the fish
Transfer to/from sea pens
• Hybrid electric propulsion can be used for safer, more efficient transfer of smolt to cages at sea, as well as for delivering feed.