Precision Farming Technology for Aquaculture project

December 2017

Using a robotic submarine to explore New Zealand mussel farms. Photo: Cawthron Institute.

Scientists are set to research the application of transformational tech for the aquaculture industry, following funding approval for a two-year Precision Farming Technology for Aquaculture project. "The aquaculture industry aims to reach $1 billion in sales by 2025. Technology that promotes sustainability, efficiency, and the ability to farm further offshore will play a significant role in achieving this target," says project leader Dr Cornelisen, Cawthron Institute Coastal and Freshwater Group Manager.

The project brings together a collaborative team of researchers from Cawthron Institute, University of Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington, University of Canterbury, and the NZ Product Accelerator. An Industry Advisory Group will provide an invaluable contribution. The long-term vision is to establish New Zealand as a leader in hi-tech, aquaculture automation and remote farm intelligence.

The project is one of two new technological projects aimed at selling New Zealand innovation locally and overseas, funded by the Science for Technological Innovation (SfTI) National Science Challenge.  The other project, Adaptive Learning Robots to complement the Human Workforce aims to develop adaptable, cheaply reconfigured, rapidly deployed ‘workforce’ robots able to learn from their environments. The project involves researchers from Lincoln Agritech, SCION and New Zealand Universities.

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