Resilient communications specialist Krucial has deployed cutting edge technology on Mowi’s Portlea Farm, Clare Island, off the west coast of Ireland to support accurate and continuous monitoring of key environmental parameters.
Mowi Ireland is Ireland’s largest producer of farm raised organic Atlantic salmon and is part of Mowi ASA, the world’s leading seafood company.
Krucial’s Connected Seafarm solution, which went live at the farm in early May 2023, is used by operators to keep a close eye on key parameters for the health and growth of their fish, while alerts can warn of possible algal bloom presence and other indicators of imminent issues. The solution provides operators with the information they need to take early action, reduce unnecessary site visits and optimize use of resources – resulting in smoother operations, better stock performance and reductions in cost.
Connected Seafarm integrates a suite of sensors used for measuring local weather and water quality parameters including dissolved oxygen, temperature, and salinity. The solution ensures all this data is reliably and securely communicated back to a cloud data storage and dashboard application where it can be viewed on charts and can set alerts and other features that turn sensor data into the valuable insights operators need.
Krucial is also using this trial to demonstrate a second satellite-enabled technology for Mowi alongside the Connected Seafarm: a dashboard that processes and displays satellite imagery from partners Astrosat for algal bloom monitoring. Combining these complementary tools allows Mowi to benefit from a fuller overview of conditions across and beyond their farms, thereby better arming Mowi staff against challenges.
2022 saw higher than usual sea temperature and harmful phytoplankton and zooplankton blooms along the coast of Ireland, so the technologies under trial will be critical in tackling the impact of these issues, which will continue to intensify as climate change causes the oceans to warm.