AquaFarm, an event for aquaculture, shellfish farming, and sustainable fishing, is set to showcase the latest technologies in the industry, including drones for underwater inspections and fish counting. AI in aquaculture is also gaining momentum, with the ability to improve resource planning and monitor water conditions for optimal purification, disinfection, and aeration.
AquaFarm, the major event for aquaculture, shellfish farming, and sustainable fishing in the Mediterranean and Southern Europe, is set to showcase the latest technologies in the industry. The use of drones, also known as a ROUV (remotely operated underwater vehicles), is becoming increasingly popular in aquaculture as they support divers in underwater works and allow for the complete replacement of human intervention in activities such as inspections and fish counting. The use of ROUVs in aquaculture provides a means of improving the efficiency, precision, and safety of inspection and fish counting. With the development of more sophisticated sensors, ROUVs can now be equipped with abilities to dispense with the cable connection with the command station and have a degree of autonomy and intelligence.
The application of artificial intelligence in aquaculture is also gaining momentum. One particularly interesting field is counting fish contained in offshore cages, which is done through empirical methods. By combining sensors with AI algorithms, it is possible to improve resource planning by eliminating feed waste, which today represents about half of the farming costs. AI is also being used to maintain water conditions in farms under control, for example, by monitoring oxygenation, murkiness, and the presence of harmful compounds, so that the purification, disinfection, and aeration systems can operate at their best.
The field of sensors for aquaculture is seeing huge development. The quantity and pervasiveness of the data collected allow us to go beyond the monitoring and control of the breeding environment up to the creation of real digital twins of the same. This allows us to carry out simulations to understand in advance how certain interventions may develop in reality.
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