Using ROVs in Aquaculture

All aquaculture sites are required to monitor their fish and nets on a daily basis. Today, visual inspections conducted in fish pens are normally carried out by fixed camera systems, divers or large industrial ROVs.

Utilizing divers for inspections is expensive and represents significant HSE risks. Industrial ROVs have traditionally been very costly and requires extensive training to operate. Fixed cameras are limited when it comes to reach and flexibility.

With an underwater drone from Blueye, you have a mobile underwater camera which allows you to carry out your underwater inspections efficiently and easily. In combination with your existing fixed cameras, underwater drones give you the full picture of your assets below the surface.

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Get an overview of what’s going on in the fish pen with underwater drones

Today, visual inspections conducted below the surface and at the seabed are normally carried out by fixed camera systems, divers or heavy ROVs. While utilizing divers are expensive and represents significant HSE risks, ROVs have traditionally been costly and require extensive training to manage. Fixed cameras have natural limitations when it comes to reach and flexibility. With an underwater drone, you have a mobile underwater camera which allows you to carry out your own inspections whenever you want without extensive planning.

We are using the Blueye Pioneer to follow up and control our fish. With the underwater drone we are able to control fish welfare, fouling on fish nets and general supervision of our underwater assets. -Johannes Schrøder, Salmar

Maneuvering the underwater drone at a Norwegian fish farm

Perform frequent inspections and reduce both risk and cost by minimizing the use of divers

With the Blueye underwater drone you'll have your own eyes below the surface within minutes. Get close to your farmed and cleaner fish without disturbing and easily complete fish net- and mooring inspections yourself. Deploy the underwater drone directly into the water, and within minutes you can perform your own underwater inspection. This gives you the opportunity for better decisions making, improved planning, and reduction of unnecessary repair costs.

In some areas of the world as well as in some situations, it is impossible to deploy a dive team on short notice. Typically, you need to get the divers to your location before you can do any underwater inspections, and that can in some situations take days. With the Blueye, inspections can be done immediately. The cost of one drone is nearly the same as deploying one dive team, and the drone can be operated by crew with minimal training.

Most fish farms have fixed camera monitoring equipment in place, but an underwater drone will give access to areas cameras cannot reach. A combination of fixed cameras and an underwater drone will give you the full picture.

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In the case of an unforeseen incident, you need to get a clear view of the situation before you make any decisions. There are many situations, where the fish farmers are in doubt if anything has happened with the fish farm infrastructure below the surface, typically after heavy weather or after regular service work performed by service vessels. Due to high deployment cost of both divers and external ROV operators, necessary inspections may be neglected or delayed. With an underwater drone from Blueye, inspections can be carried out on site in any situation, leaving nothing uncertain and keeping the assets in safe conditions.

The underwater drone can handle tough weather conditions

At some locations, the sea current makes it difficult and hazardous to use traditional ROVs to perform underwater inspections. The mini ROV is equipped with 4 powerful thrusters, and in combination with the unique hull design, it's possible to perform high quality underwater inspections in conditions that very few ROVs are able to tackle safely.

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Share live video with your colleagues with the Blueye Dive Buddy app

The accompanied Blueye Dive Buddy App (for iOS and Android) gives you the possibility to stream your video footage live with external viewers. For some situations, it can be vital to easily include other experts to view your findings. You can also stream live video to a large external monitor by an HDMI cable or a docking station.

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Easy processing of your underwater recordings

With a press of a button you’re able to record your findings in HD video quality. After ending a dive, you can easily upload your findings to your smartphone or tablet with the Blueye app or to a PC with the Blueye File Transfer.

Benefits of using underwater drones in the Aquaculture industry

  • Portable and suitable for easy handling
  • Easy and fast deployment
  • Unique design with powerful thrusters enables easy maneuvering
  • Minimum training required
  • Auto depth and auto heading stabilizing functions
  • Full HD camera and video recording
  • Minimal maintenance
  • Powerful LED lights

We are sure that the Blueye Pioneer underwater drone will be a great tool for any company involved in Aquaculture work. - Kent-Roger Wahlvåg, Department Manager Åkerblå

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