Press release from Probotic
Probotic is pleased to announce the successful completion of the project: Biological impact of net cleaning. -In cooperation with Akvaplan niva and Ballangen Sjøfarm
Probotic is pleased to announce the successful completion of a MABIT-funded project on the biological impact of net cleaning. The study, titled “Biological Effects of Net Cleaning with High-Pressure Water vs. Probotics Innovation,” aimed to investigate the effects of biological conditions during net cleaning and verify that Probotic’s technology does not harm fish health in any way. The project partners included Probotic, Akvaplan Niva, Ballangen Sjøfarm and Cermaq.
The study’s sub-objectives included mapping the number of particles during net cleaning, identifying fouling communities, assessing any correlation between net cleaning and gill problems, analyzing fish behavior during cleaning, and verifying if there were any seen effects on salmon while Probotic’s robot was in use.In this trial, the study’s results indicate that the traditional method of net cleaning with high-pressure cleaning had no observable adverse effects on the fish. The use of Probotic’s robot during production did not negatively affect the fish’s mortality or appetite compared to pens without the robot at the same facility and with the same fish group.
We are thrilled with the results of the study, which demonstrate the safety and that our technology does not harm the salmon. The project was a valuable opportunity to further our understanding of the impact of net cleaning on fish health and the environment. We are proud to be a part of it.
Moving forward, we will continue to test our robot and work towards furthering our understanding of the impact of net cleaning on fish health and the environment.
However, the study also highlighted the need for larger-scale projects to obtain more reliable data. We will continue widening our knowledge and use research to steer our development.
Probotic would like to thank all project partners for their valuable contributions, Cermaq and Ballangen Sjøfarm for providing the necessary test facilities and resources to enable this project, and Akvaplan niva, which delivered excellently on the research and crafted insightful reports. Their cooperation was instrumental in successfully carrying out the project and achieving its milestones.
To read the complete reports from the project – CLICK HERE
Originally published on 15 March.
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