Digital aquaculture allianceNueva Pescanova Group CEO Ignacio González with Microsoft Spain president Pilar López. Photo: Nueva Pescanova

Nueva Pescanova Group CEO Ignacio González, and Pilar López, president of Microsoft Spain, have signed an alliance, under which both companies will work on the development of innovative solutions to improve the farming of species such as vannamei prawns and Galician turbot.

This modernisation of current farming techniques, through the incorporation of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, is intended to allow 100% of processes to be controlled automatically and in real time. This will improve efficiency and sustainability, facilitate business predictability, guarantee food traceability and improve animal health and welfare.

It also seeks to guarantee the long-term sustainability of wild species, reducing pressure on fishing grounds and thus guaranteeing sustainable, safe, healthy and controlled resources while guaranteeing the supply of protein from the sea.

“Innovation efforts will be focused on developing environmentally friendly aquaculture initiatives and creating formulas that make it possible to demonstrate sustainability in all the processes of the value chain,” said Ignacio González.

“This commitment is key for both companies, which have been committed for years to policies based on efficiency and sustainability”.

The objective is to promote innovation projects and to encourage digital culture in the countries where Pescanova is developing aquaculture, especially in Ecuador, Nicaragua and Guatemala, and through the Group’s aquaculture R&D&I centre, the Pescanova Biomarine Center in O Grove.

The agreement also includes a commitment by both companies to digital skills training, promoting the training of Nueva Pescanova Group professionals working in aquaculture, so that they can adapt their work methodologies, which until now have been mostly manual, to the use of monitoring tools for water, environmental conditions, the life cycle of species in the aquatic environment, etc. using digital methods and tools.

The Digital Platform for the Nueva Pescanova Group’s Aquaculture 4.0 transformation programme is based on cloud, IoT (Internet of Things) and Artificial Intelligence services from Microsoft, such as Azure and Microsoft 365.

“Digitalisation and sustainability are the two axes around which to reimagine the world and relaunch the economy,” Pilar López pointed out.

“This global alliance with the Nueva Pescanova Group is a good example of this. We will work together to optimise aquaculture processes and improve the conservation of marine species through technology.”

In addition, the strategic agreement includes other joint actions that favour the promotion of new technologies among the Group’s stakeholders. These include a Microsoft Pescanova Day, a conference that will bring together leading experts in marine science and technology to share the latest advances in marine innovation and sustainability; or a Hackathon Day at Pescanova, where Microsoft, its collaborating companies and technology start-ups will compete to come up with the best ideas to achieve the sustainability objectives of both companies in the coming years.

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