Reducing Risk in Aquaculture

Reducing Risk in Aquaculture

This project researches and develops novel concepts for autonomous operations and technology to improve safety and efficiency in aquaculture. In particular, the project will address daily operations and inspection, maintenance, and repair (IMR) for exposed locations, but the project results will also be applicable to more sheltered fish production. Moreover, the project will assess, utilize and possibly adapt technology developed for subsea IMR in the oil and gas industry. Advances in sensor technology, robotics, ICT, and localization methods create new opportunities for reducing operators' manual workload and exposure time on the facilities at sea, for preventing fish escape, and for improving safety and operational efficiency.

Current technologies and operations in fish farms are highly dependent on manual labor for cleaning and maintenance, which leads to close human interactions with tools and fish cage structures. The sea-based aquaculture industry is one of the most dangerous occupations in Norway. Moving fish farms into more exposed areas will lead to increased challenges related to the working environment and management of operations. Hence, technological innovation and autonomy are important for future industry expansion. To ensure that the new concepts reduce risk to people and the environment, adequate risk management becomes even more important for sustainable fish farming operations in the future.

Project manager: Professor Ingrid Bouwer Utne

Publications in the project

Duration: 2016-2019

Financed by: Norwegian Research Council (Havbruk 2)

Project participants: NTNU and SINTEF Ocean. The project is associated with SFI Exposed Aquaculture Operations.

Funds: 1 PhD student, 1 Post Doc, 1 senior scientist

Main supervisor for Ph.D.-student: Professor Ingrid Schjølberg, NTNU



The project was presented in an article in the magazine Automatisering in May 2016: