Fjord-based and conventional aquaculture
Today’s conventional farming methods for Atlantic salmon are and will remain a central part of tomorrow’s aquaculture. Many different technologies are being developed today that have the potential to improve production, including digitalization, the use of big data, access to areas, monitoring, and site optimization, which will be presented at AquaNext. This is the most important forum for knowledge development and sharing this year. During the conference, topics such as the following will be discussed:
- How can digitalization and the use of big data simplify production monitoring.
- Sustainable/recyclable materials for construction, nets/copper/impregnation.
- Submersible cages, how to handle sampling, maintain fish health, feeding, and environmental monitoring.
- Area access.
- Algal blooms.
- Electrification of operations.
- Environmental monitoring and prediction.
By moving parts of fish production onto land, it is possible to relieve the pressure on sea areas. Land-based facilities can enable production closer to consumer markets. Land-based production solves several of today’s challenges such as salmon lice, escapes, and impact on local fauna. However, land-based production also introduces several challenges that will be discussed during the conference.
Relevant topics include:
- Monitoring and control.
- Production of large post-smolts or market fish.
- Biological risk management.
- Sludge and sludge management.
- Alternative business models/financing.
- Water quality.
- RAS also introduces new challenges.
- Circular economy.
- High production costs, currently reserved for species with high willingness to pay.