ROV and AI synergy bring significant reduction on fish farm biofouling management costs.

There are no easy solutions for biofouling in aquaculture. Biofouling is a problem for fish farm cages, as it blocks fish cage oxygenation and causes severe adverse effects on fish welfare.

Anti-fouling treatments require significant investments, contributing to substantial production costs. We can significantly reduce these costs with regular remote-operated-vehicles (ROV) surveillance coupled with artificial intelligence in image&video processing.

Large and diverse populations of biofouling species increase the risk for fish infection and complicate an appropriate treatment. It is possible to classify different types of biofouling using regular ROV cameras and automatic image analyses. For example, typical on-site cleaning by divers can not remove biofouling caused by hydroids – root-like networks of undersea plants firmly sticking to cage net structures. Early detection of such species is crucial for fish farmers. We exploit a winning combination of ROV and AI to detect and classify this type of biofouling. No additional investment in new equipment is required. Fish farmers can rely on our solutions, providing them to intervene at the right time and in the right place to prevent further expansion of hydroids.