Together with project partners, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster has announced the Integrated Operations and Real-Time Analytics Project.
Led from Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia, the almost $27 million project is projected to bridge gaps between land, sea-based, and processing operations that exist in the aquaculture industry today by providing real-time information, analytics and environmental connectivity to improve overall operations. Through its development, the project will create 138 new jobs, including 20 at project implementation.
“This is a real game-changer for the aquaculture industry and for the region, and we are excited to see not only the transformative benefits that it brings to operations but also from an environmental, safety, and economic perspective,” said Canada’s Ocean Supercluster CEO Kendra MacDonald.
“This has been a challenging year for ocean sectors, but today’s project and the almost 50 others we have approved to date point to the incredible opportunity in ocean for economic recovery and long-term, sustainable growth.”
The innovative system developed and commercialised through the Integrated Operations and Real-Time Analytics Project will provide technology that will enable global control over operations, from egg to harvest, including feeding fish and monitoring of fish, equipment and personnel. Through data exchange and collaboration between partners, the project will result in a suite of technologies that will enable game-changing capabilities in aquaculture and offshore marine operations as well as connectivity to the environment that is transformative for the region and its fishing and aquaculture industries.
The Integrated Operations and Real-Time Analytics Project, led by Grieg Seafood Newfoundland with its partners Innovasea, SubC Imaging, AKVA Group, and High-Tech Communications, will enable companies to have complete control of operations in areas where this would not have been possible due to lack of connectivity. Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is contributing close to $12 million to the project with $14.8 million coming from industry.
“This project marks a significant milestone in the evolution of aquaculture, and we’re excited to continue to develop the leading-edge technologies required for remote fish farming. This will help farm operators make data-driven decisions in real time from anywhere so they can increase efficiency, improve operations and ensure optimal conditions for fish health and well-being,” commented Tim Stone, Vice President of Product Development at Innovasea.
The project will benefit its partners, OSC members, industry, and customers by allowing for better planning and decision making. The Integrated Operations and Real-Time Analytics Project will promote sustainable use of ocean and freshwater ecosystems by developing and providing technology solutions for egg to harvest open ocean aquaculture and supporting the Ocean Supercluster’s focus on building Canada’s ocean economy in a digital, sustainable, and inclusive way.
“Being a participant in this project will help us further expand our knowledge and expertise in the aquaculture industry, especially related to sensor technology and control center design and setup,” said Murray Caines, President and CEO at Hi-Tech Communications Ltd.
:Being a member of this project team will open new opportunities in the aquaculture and fish harvesting sector to complement what we are doing today in the mining, wireless home internet, and municipal sectors. Participating in this project will allow us to transfer the new knowledge, technology, and experience to other sectors such as forestry and mining.”