AQUABOTIX ANNOUNCES UPGRADED REMOTELY-OPERATED VEHICLES (ROVS) – THE HYDROVIEW PRO 7M/AQ FOR AQUACULTURE
HydroView Pro 7M/AQ is the intelligent solution for aquaculture applications, including site planning, net/fence inspections, fish population studies and food consumption analysis.
FALL RIVER, MA – September 18, 2015 – Aquabotix, a marine technology company delivering the accessibility of today’s consumer electronics products to the complex world of underwater ROVs, announced the immediate availability of its HydroView Pro 7M/AQ. Designed specifically for missions in finfish aquaculture, the HydroView Pro 7M/AQ is a configuration upgrade of Aquabotix’s successful HydroView Professional Series.
Affordable and easy-to-use, the HydroView ROV carries an onboard HD video camera and is controlled by intuitive iPad or laptop driving applications. Building upon its predecessor’s proven platform, the HydroView Pro 7M/AQ configuration includes:
● Seven Swiss Made High Torque Motors: 4 Thrusters and 3 Hovering/Pitch
● Sensor package including depth, temperature and orientation (compass). Additional available sensors: nitrate, dissolved oxygen, and pH
● 1080 p True HD Quality Camera with Continuous Focus and Tilt
● 100 m of Neutrally Buoyant Cable with AC Power
● Wireless Hand Controller
● Depth rating of 100 m
● Fish Plow for Mort Removal
● 2 Pounds of payload capacity for customer specific applications
● High Intensity LED lighting
HydroView Pro 7M/AQ is the newest and most cost effective piece of emerging technology for the Aquaculture industry. Safe, efficient and portable, the HydroView Pro 7M/AQ makes underwater observation and inspection simple. A single operator with minimal training controls the ROV from the comfort and safety of topside using Aquabotix’s iPad or laptop applications. From case to the water in under 3 minutes, the HydroView Pro is easy to deploy and requires no daily maintenance.
“We developed the HydroView Pro 7M/AQ with input from our aquaculture customers. It combines the finest features of HydroView Pro with the additional features most requested by farm operators,” said Durval Tavares, President & CEO, “The HydroView Pro 7M/AQ provides insights into daily farm activities that would otherwise be difficult or even dangerous to collect. The Pro is intuitive to drive, built with state of the art technology and offers the ultimate in underwater control.”
HydroView Pro 7M/AQ pricing starts at $30,000 and is currently available for order from Aquabotix resellers or through the Aquabotix website. For more information, please visit: http://www.aquabotix.com/ or call: (508) 676-1000. To view the HydroView Pro 7M/AQ in action at a fish farm, visit: http://www.aquabotix.com/videos.html.
ROVs (remote operated vehicles) are invaluable tools in the fin fish farming industry from site selection through full-scale operation. The HydroView Professional has been used to observe all aspects of farm operations from net/fence integrity to fish population studies to food consumption analysis.
Before a farm is built, a ROV can be used to scout the location and determine the ideal conditions. Once the farm is in operation, daily monitoring of the fish and nets is extremely important in preventing stock loss. The fish are monitored for health and feeding habits. Fine tuning of feed maximizes efficiency and limits the impacts of unconsumed feed accumulating on the sea bed. Nets are inspected for holes, mooring line attachments, security and integrity. Maintaining the security of the farm’s nets or cages protects the stock and prevents escape of farmed fish into the wild or infiltration of the farm by predators. Morts can be identified and removed using a ROV’s grabber arm or pushed to a collection point using Aquabotix’s proprietary fish plow. Rapid identification and removal of sick or dead fish, limits the spread of disease to the rest of the school.
ROVs can also carry a variety of environmental sensors, including dissolved oxygen, pH, nitrites and dissolved solids. With the HydroView Pro, all data can be viewed in real time and recorded in one-second increments and downloaded into an Excel spreadsheet for further analysis and record keeping. The ROV provides insights into daily farm activities that would otherwise be difficult or even dangerous to collect.
Safe, efficient and affordable, the HydroView Pro makes underwater observation and inspection simple. A single operator with minimal training controls the HydroView from the comfort and safety of topside using our iPad or laptop application. From case to the water in under 3 minutes, the HydroView is easy to deploy and requires no daily maintenance. The HydroView Professional is an intelligent ROV that can be programmed to perform routine inspections automatically.
The HydroView records data readings for downloading into spreadsheet format for later study and overlay with the recorded video. True 1080p HD Video and still images document conditions for comparison analysis. Operating on battery power or with optional 110/220v AC, the HydroView provides hours of reliable operation. Documentation is made simple with all inspection images, videos and sensor readings recorded and stored onboard the HydroView for easy downloading. Archive the .mov, .jpg and .csv files for comparative analysis.
Aquabotix has configured a ROV to specifically address the demands and challenges of fin fish Aquaculture. The HydroView Pro 7M/AQ includes a tilt camera with 1080p HD, a fish plow for mort removal, 1400 lumens of lighting and 7 Swiss-made high torque motors. The HydroView Pro 7M/AQ is the newest and most cost effective piece of emerging technology for the Aquaculture industry.
Aquaculture or Aquafarming is the farming of fin fish, shellfish and aquatic plants and is the fastest growing food supply sector in the world. Aquaculture is to live stock farming as commercial fishing is to hunting. Farming implies human involvement in the process and includes such activities as stocking, feeding, and protection from predators.
Feeding the world’s ever-expanding population requires new thinking about sources of food, particularly protein. Fish process calories (energy) more efficiently than mammals and requiring less food, less land and less fresh water to yield the same amount of protein.
“From the point of view of an ecological footprint, aquaculture does very well compared to terrestrial animal food production systems,” said Arni M. Mathiesen, Assistant Deputy-General of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/25232/aquaculture-the-most-promising-method-of-meeting-food-needs/
Meanwhile, natural fish stocks are under strain as modern commercial fishing technology has advanced. Some argue that improvements in the efficiency of the fleets have outpaced the ability of fish to reproduce and replenish themselves. Fish Farming/Aquaculture is viewed as one of the solutions to this problem.
Experts agree that Aquaculture must be practiced responsibly if we are to fully realize the benefits without damaging our natural fisheries and other marine environments. Fine tuning of feed to the appetite of the fish creates efficiencies and limits the impacts of unconsumed feed accumulating on the sea bed. Rapid identification and removal of sick or dead fish, limits the spread of disease to the rest of the school. Maintaining the security of the farm’s nets or cages protects the stock and prevents escape of farmed fish into the wild.
Aquabotix provides innovative ROV solutions for aquaculture. In February 2015, the HydroView Professional was in Chile performing net inspection, monitoring of stock, mort searches and mooring inspections. Video recorded by the HydroView during these tasks will be posted soon.