New eye-in-the-sky service for fish farmers

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Aquaculture technology supplier Umitron has launched a web-based service to allow fish farmers to monitor ocean data.

PULSE provides a high-resolution map view of a range of water quality parameters which are updated daily. The service utilises satellite remote sensing technology to provide the accurate, near real time measurements.

Umitron, based in Singapore and Japan, said its system gives fish, shellfish, and seaweed farmers an easy way to regularly monitor changing water conditions, enabling them to make key decisions about when to feed, plant, or harvest their crops as well as manage risks such as high water temperatures or harmful algae blooms.

Umitron said the service has an intuitive and user-friendly interface that allows farmers to quickly zoom in and out to see both local and large scale trends.

Farmers can use the service to check water temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll concentrations, and wave height. In addition, the service also provides a 48-hour forecast that predicts how the water quality will change.

Soon to be released features include year over year historical data comparisons, additional environmental parameters, and hourly data for select parameters. A mobile application version will also be available soon to provide added usability and convenience.

“We are excited to release a product that provides utility to a wide range of farmers. Seaweed, shellfish, and fish farmers can all benefit from having access to additional information about the environment they are working in every day,” said Umitron product manager Andy Davison.

A basic free version is available for all users here http://www.pulse.umitron.com/ and there is a paid subscription that unlocks additional features and benefits.

A map showing salinity in Scottish waters.
 

A map showing salinity in Scottish waters.

 

A map showing temperature in the North Sea.

 

Chlorophyll concentrations are shown in green.

 

Umitron's service shows dissolved oxygen, above, and wave height, right.