A massive offshore fish farming system whose automated feeding technology promises to drastically reduce manpower requirements has been developed, opening up new frontiers in Japan's aquaculture industry as well as worldwide.
The development of the system was carried out by Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering, which plans to pitch it to fishery companies grappling with labour shortages and rising costs.
It also hopes to eventually export the system to other Asian countries in the form of engineering, procurement and construction projects.
The new system will be put through its paces off the coast of Tottori Prefecture, in western Japan, at a coho salmon cultivation facility run by Yumigahama Suisan Kaisha, a group company of marine products giant Nippon Suisan Kaisha (Nissui).
The facility features an 18-metre-tall steel tower standing 3km off t...
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