Norway Trip Blog
After establishing our office in Stavanger during the pandemic we were finally able to get to the beautiful fjords and coastline of Norway to meet with customers, partners and more. From experiencing the variety of concepts for semi-closed containment systems to meeting with some of the most innovative fish farmers in the industry, it was a packed trip. Although we could probably write a small novel on the information and intelligence gathered, I will keep this piece focused on our biggest takeaway…
The industry is ready for the Sensor Globe, from innovative farmers buying Sensor Globes on the spot and telling us the variety of commercial uses they have, to equipment and pump manufacturers telling us “this is what I've been searching for, for years”. Obviously, this feedback has our team excited and ready to build on our current market traction to increase our scalability in the Norwegian market. We have broken down a few of our current operations we are involved in and the value that is being created in a quick update below.
Pumping and Treatment
Environment, product and equipment are always changing and extracting consistent and reliable data when fish are being moved is essential. As innovative salmon farmers begin to focus on these mission-critical processes, the Sensor Globe provides continuous insights as to where operations can be improved. From knowing oxygen levels, locating which direction fish will naturally swim to G-force readings where pumping dynamics can be improved for better handling. Historically, extracting this data in meaningful ways has been a challenge and this is just the beginning.
Growing out smolt is an incredibly delicate process, one farmer told us he estimates there are over 200 formulas for growing smolt between the type of equipment used, feed, water quality and more. Having more data on the transfer and treatment processes can lead to a healthier more durable smolt. One example in which the Sensor Globe is being used is for optimizing the immunization process. It's a straightforward concept, the better the fish are handled during this process the more effective the treatments will be. As fish are pumped, sorted, treated and graded the Sensor Globe provides critical insights into areas of improvement. Once the fish are ready for the ocean there are more stakeholders that become involved.
Trust Chains and Fish Ownership Transfer
Depending on the operation there can be up to four stakeholders who are individually responsible for the quality and well-being of fish. Although there are some standard operating procedures and technologies in place to monitor these functions, the data is limited other than water quality sensors and the “word” of whoever is in charge at any given point. Having one true data set with robust insights and real-time audits allow all stakeholders involved to know exactly how the product was treated from smolt to ocean operations. All sensors with the same calibration allow for extra comfort, in addition to identifying small issues before they become big problems.