Norway will open remotely controlled salmon farms next year

When we think about the most important export goods, most often we can think of raw materials such as coal, oil and gas, but in some countries these are also … salmon that can be grown with the help of AI.

Norway produces and sends abroad the largest number of farmed salmon in the world. Last year it was 1.1 million tons. No wonder that producers are looking for newer solutions in the field of breeding, especially since this is not so simple. For example, feeding her now consumes half of all costs, and you can not forget about the so-called salmon salves, which feed on certain types of salmonids and contribute to breeding losses, because even if the parasite does not kill the fish, they can do some delousing methods, which costs the salmon business billions of dollars a year.

The answer to these problems is to be automated remote control farms invented by Arctic Offshore Farming (belonging to Norway Royal Salmon), where in large monitored farms in the open sea, full of appropriate tools, Norwegians will grow salmon and trout. We are talking about up to 3,500 highly specialized farms that can accommodate up to 400 million fish, which on the one hand are to respond to the constantly increasing demand for these fish, and on the other significantly reduce the cost of their production, even by eliminating the above-mentioned problems. Homesteads will be equipped with indicators, sensors and cameras that give operators the ability to remotely monitor the condition of fish, their feeding, cleaning the net and respond to changing environmental and meteorological conditions.

The feeding system itself is to reduce the cost of energy by 50%, and what’s more, the fish will be in the open ocean, some 10-40 meters below the surface, below the euphotic zone where salmon lice feed, so their mortality rate also decreases. Tests of the new solution will start next year, first off the coast of the Troms district, and if everything goes as planned, the farms will later be moved deeper into the sea. As for the infrastructure itself, we are talking about round pens with a diameter of about 79 meters, resembling huge fish baskets, each of which can accommodate up to 600,000 adults.