Poseidon Ocean Systems and Mowi Canada West have combined forces to install and test novel technologies at its Monday Rock salmon farm off Vancouver Island, in Canada, to improve fish welfare and performance and reduce interactions between wild and farm-raised fish. The salmon raised at Monday Rocks are expected to be ready for market in the second quarter of 2024.
As part of ongoing innovation to reduce interactions with the surrounding environment, Mowi’s salmon farm is now equipped with 15-meter-deep barrier shields, perimeter air bubble curtains, oxygen systems and real-time environmental monitoring technology to ensure optimal growing conditions are maintained 24/7.
The physical and bubble barriers, along with Poseidon’s cutting-edge oxygen systems will help to avoid naturally occurring oceanic threats such as plankton blooms, hypoxia, and sea lice, they reported.
“Three quarters of the farm’s enclosure is physically separated from the surrounding environment to a depth of 15 metres, so this technology developed by Poseidon is critical to allow us to create healthy living conditions within the space where we raise our salmon. The salmon have been growing in the system for six months now and fish condition, which includes size and health, are looking very promising so far,” explained Rodrigo Cristi, Mowi’s technical manager.
A system that fully dissolves supplied oxygen into the water
Poseidon’s bespoke aquaculture technologies help sustain a life-supporting ecosystem inside a space largely separated from the surrounding environment. Typically, this sort of intervention comes with a matching environmental cost due to higher energy use.
However, the Poseidon-developed Flowpressor and Oxypressor systems produce a high rate of oxygen flow at the right pressure for maximum efficiency, allowing the farmer to produce oxygen as required, while saving energy and reducing emissions.
Further to this, Poseidon’s patent-pending Depth Charge system then fully dissolves supplied oxygen into the water, ensuring that oxygen is available for the fish to consume while eliminating wasted oxygen.
Matt Clarke, Co-Founder and CTO at Poseidon explain: “Our company has been focused on developing our integrated technology platform which gives farmers more control over the farm environment; allowing for better control the conditions within the net pens, so that the farmers can more actively and positively affect the welfare of the fish they grow. Since our company was founded in 2015, Poseidon has been focused on bringing a science-based, aquaculture-specific approach to this challenge and the system now installed at Mowi’s farm site was developed by our engineers for this application.”
The salmon raised at Monday Rocks are expected to be ready for market in the second quarter of 2024.
Award-winning cleantech product development
Poseidon Ocean Systems (Poseidon) is a Canadian full-service aquaculture engineering and technology provider. This company specializes in fish welfare and life support systems. The company is an award-winning cleantech product development company headquartered in Campbell River, BC. They design cleantech systems for our living oceans, primarily for the aquaculture industry. The company was founded in 2015 by Heather and Matt Clarke.
The company is currently scaling up for international growth and has opened an additional office in Puerto Montt, Chile, as well as established distribution partnerships throughout the UK. The company provides a wide range of products and services tailored to the aquaculture and marine industries, both locally and internationally.
“Founded by professional engineers, and borne from the Canadian aquaculture industry, we provide a wide range of services tailored to the aquaculture and marine industries, both locally and internationally, providing the rare opportunity to do purposeful work on a global scale. Our team makes everything we do here at Poseidon possible. If you are looking to join a team of exceptional and passionate individuals working to make a positive change in the aquaculture industry Poseidon could be the place for you,” they point out.