Aquadef system for the detection of fry malformations. (Photo: Aquadef/FIS)
Automatic system detects defects in fish offspring
Monday, May 30, 2011, 02:30 (GMT + 9)
Marine technology company, Marexi and the AIDO Technological Institute developed the first automated real-time detection system of fry malformations in the most commercial aquaculture species.
"Any technological innovation in the field of aquaculture has a direct impact on the health of society, providing consumers with fish protein with maximum freshness and quality, while contributing to the decrease of unemployment rates and to a sustainable economic development," as AIDO´s press release reads.
Aquadef system "is a major breakthrough for the aquaculture industry as it facilitates the knowledge of the number and size of our fry production in real time," Marexi stated.
"When applying our inspection system those individual specimens deemed 'not suitable' are isolated and the resources used in the fry rearing process is improved, reducing food and treatment expenses," adds the company.
The Institute made it clear that the sector is currently facing the need to find a way to make their product profitable.
The concentration of millions of offspring specimens in farms may hinder "the detection tasks of those specimens presenting defects or malformations or that have died," AIDO added.
According to the Institute, at present, the fry screening process is "totally manual." This entails "very high labor costs and a waste of time that negatively affects productivity of these businesses."
Aquadef also allows the "human error" elimination to spot abnormalities as it detects fry defects “accurately” with a processing speed of a fish per second, being able to analyse more than 85,000 specimens a day.
This system increases productivity "substantially" as it operates 24 hours a day.
By Analia Murias