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INTERNATIONAL PROJECT AIMS TO OPEN UP DATA OPPORTUNITIES FOR AQUACULTURE

An international consortium has begun a pioneering €1.3 million pilot project in Badcall, Scotland, that will accelerate the aquaculture sector’s digital transformation and support the drive towards enhanced sustainability, productivity, and operational efficiency on fish farms. Led by Japan’s Uhuru United, the consortium includes Amsterdam-listed Signify, Norway’s Optoscale AS, the Scotland-based Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC), salmon producer Loch Duart Ltd., and SB Telecom Europe Ltd. Together, the group is creating an “open data” software platform that will provide a single point for fish farmers to interact with and understand the data produced by the variety of technologies on their sites. Over the last 20 years, there has been significant growth in technology used in aquaculture. However, the vast majority tend to work in isolation, limiting the value of data that can be taken and increasing the amount of time required to monitor operations. Known as Aquaculture Insights, the pilot project will tackle this challenge by creating a single software package that combines multiple data sources, offering insights that cannot be provided by existing systems. The initiative will also enhance the visualization and transfer of data from connected devices and systems, beginning with Signify’s underwater LED lighting system and Optoscale’s AI-enabled biomass camera. Aquaculture Insights is receiving funding from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), which is part of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program