The idea of the INDISAL project is to develop an individual biometric "finger-print" identification for salmon, enabling the gathering of status information for observed individual salmons over time in industrial sea based salmon farming. For this we develop and improve innovative underwater light solutions that help -- together with camera technology -- to provide excellent video-recordings and algorithms that can identify and analyze the characteristics of salmon from video streams. The innovation enables the salmon farming industry to have a real time overview of the current state of each individual salmon (i.e. growth-rate, quality, health status), while the collected time-line data of individual salmons can be used to analyze in detail which operational events had an impact on both individual fish and the whole fish-population. This could be utilized to improve fish welfare and to optimize the biomass production of the complex and dynamic fish-cage population. In addition, this opens completely new possibilities to observe and investigate the development and behaviour of salmons in fish-cages.
Project leader: Christian Schellewald
Institution: SEALAB AS