A Salmones Antártica shop in Chile. The Japanese-owned fish farmer is to use equipment from UK company OTAQ to monitor water conditions.

OTAQ to supply water sensors to Salmones Antártica

UK-based aquaculture and marine technology developer OTAQ is to supply Chilean salmon and trout producer Salmones Antártica S.A. (SASA) with integrated water quality measurement equipment for several cultivation sites, over a full farming cycle.

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OTAQ’s newly launched water quality monitoring product continually monitors a site’s oxygen, temperature, and salinity levels to provide fish farmers with immediate information about the quality of their water environment.

Salmones Antártica is a top 10 supplier of Chilean salmonids by production weight and has more than 1,000 employees.

The Chiloé Island-based farmer’s operation is vertically integrated, encompassing the entire production process from reproduction to processing across both freshwater and sea centres, including production of feed.

Established in 1979 under the name Domsea Pesquera Chile Limitada, the company changed its name to Salmones Antártica in 1982. It became a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Suisan in 1988 and sells its fish under the “Five Star” brand.

Respected producer

“SASA is a greatly respected salmon producer internationally, and an excellent reference point for OTAQ in the Chilean market,” said OTAQ chief executive Phil Newby in a market announcement. 

“We look forward to working closely with SASA to improve their production yields and broaden our supply agreement.

“After this initial deployment in Chile, customer interest in Scotland and Australia is now being explored. The launch of this product is another important addition to OTAQ’s growing aquaculture solutions portfolio.”

OTAQ water quality monitor product is complementary to the Sensor Globe, which the company distributes in Chile and the UK for the product’s Canadian developer Sedna Technologies.