Innovasea launches first “digital valve” for oxygen
Aquaculture technology supplier Innovasea has introduced what it says is a revolutionary aeration and oxygenation system to help marine fish farms better control water quality, protect fish stocks from algae blooms and maximise growth rates.
The automated solution, currently being used at a salmon farm in Canada, features a first-of-its-kind digital valve system that’s controlled remotely via computer or mobile device, giving farm operators greater control over environmental conditions without having to be on-site to make adjustments.
“This is an important breakthrough for fish farmers because it helps them instantly react to changing environmental conditions to keep their fish safe and healthy,” said Tim Stone, vice president of product development for Boston-based Innovsea. “We’re giving them a whole new level of control 24/7 no matter where they are – whether it’s at the farm or half a world away.”
The new system is part of Innovasea’s “aquaControl” solution, which give farms the ability to easily monitor environmental conditions and make adjustments within individual pens or across an entire site. This gives farm operators the ability to combat:
- Algal blooms
- Temperature fluctuations
- Jellyfish infestations
- Low levels of dissolved oxygen
“Our end-to-end aquaControl solution takes a lot of the guesswork out of fish farming and enables operators to quickly and easily make data-driven decisions to ensure fish have the healthiest environment possible to grow,” said Stone.
The aquaControl package includes real-time environmental monitoring tools including wireless sensors, and plankton monitoring software that stores, analyses and aggregates zooplankton measurements.