A tank under construction at Salmon Evolution's site at Indre Harøy, Norway earlier this year. The first four tanks will each be equipped with two Imenco Castor cameras. Photo: Salmon Evolution.

Cage camera maker wins contract for on-land farm

Aquaculture technology supplier Imenco has won an order to provide its Castor cameras for the first four of the 12 large tanks that will be used by Salmon Evolution, which plans to produce 31,500 gutted weight tonnes of salmon annually in a land-based facility in Norway. Initially each tank will have two cameras.

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The Imenco Castor is a compact pan-tilt-zoom camera (PTZ), with what Imenco describes as excellent underwater optics. The contract includes an option for the delivery of cameras to the remaining eight Salmon Evolution tanks during 2022.

“We are very pleased indeed having signed this contract,” said Olve Byre, Imenco’s vice president of aquaculture and fish farming.

Olve Byre: "This deal is an important step in our strategy to be a one-stop-shop for aquaculture camera systems."

“Imenco is moving into a position as a leading supplier of underwater cameras for aquaculture. As land-based is becoming increasingly important, this deal is an important step in our strategy to be a one-stop-shop for aquaculture camera systems.”

5,000m³ water volume

Salmon Evolution’s tanks are 28 metres (92 feet) in diameter and 13 metres high. According to Salmon Evolution chief executive Håkon Andrè Berg, the water column will be approximately eight metres and each tank will thus hold approximately 5,000m³ of water.

Imenco is headquartered near Haugesund, Norway and also has manufacturing units at Wick in Scotland, where much of its camera equipment is made, and China. It supplies equipment to the renewable energy, oil and gas, marine and naval, and industrial sectors, as well as aquaculture.

Earlier this year, Imenco UK Ltd secured a contract to supply CCTV systems to five Type 31 general purpose frigates being built for the Royal Navy at Babcock’s Rosyth facilities.