Hatchery and aquacultural managers can now make decisions based on the benefits of real-time water quality management data. Aquasend recently attended Aquaculture 2022 and spent time learning about the needs of farm and hatchery managers and how real-time monitoring and data can positively impact their farms. What is most often a manual process limited by employee availability, accuracy and the ability to efficiently move from tank to tank or pond to pond can now be monitored remotely and in real-time. Continue reading our blog to learn how real-time data can benefit your farm.
The Aquasend Beacon™ collects and transmits dissolved oxygen and temperature measurements for real-time water-quality management. The Beacon transmits crucial information about your water’s oxygen level and temperature from anywhere in the world, directly to your computer or mobile device. No matter how far you are from your deployed Beacon, your water quality status will always be readily available. The Beacon also streams the status of its own battery-life to ensure that you have all the information you need to maintain your aqua farm or hatchery efficiently.
How Can Real-Time Data Monitoring Improve the Efficiency of Aqua Farms?
In a recent article published in Hatchery Feed & Management, we site numerous studies and reasons the impact of real-time data can have. Industry experts also credit the monitoring of these attributes to crop growth, survival, feed efficiency, water chemistry requirements and the overall effect on production.
Benefits of Real-Time Monitoring and Data Access
Benefit One: Collecting data to be used for consistent growth and using data collected daily, weekly and monthly to access and determine farm best practices. It is important to monitor oxygen and temperature continually and log data over time to determining optimum stocking rates, fish health and other feeding rates. The Beacon can protect against catastrophic low oxygen levels and chronic sub-optimum conditions that impact fish health and growth.
Benefit Two: Understand oxygen levels in ponds and tanks and the impacts of these levels on production numbers and successes. Typically, when oxygen depletes, farmers do not feed. Not feeding equals less growth and lower weights at harvest. By knowing the precise oxygen conditions, feeding rates can remain optimal and can ensure faster growth. By ensuring optimum conditions, survival rates or livability will increase. It is noted by farmers that when lost growth is averted, Beacon costs can be recouped in one season and potentially from one tank or pond. ROI is fast and can be calculated.
Benefit Three: Insurance for farmers and peace-of-mind to not lose crops. Crop insurance is expensive or simply not available for an aquaculture project. The Beacon will alert staff of lethal low oxygen conditions and prevent fish deaths.
From instantaneous data to the ability to correlate collected data and make cost saving and revenue increasing decisions for your overall production process, the Aquasend Beacon™ is revolutionizing a hands-off approach to monitoring. Because of the simplicity of data retrieval, implementing remote monitoring can reduce labor and feed costs, and give you the data you need to enrich your fish’s environments and increase yields.
Aquasend’s state-of-the-art technology provides much needed peace of mind, while simultaneously accessing multiple areas of the growing cycle. This enables aquafarmers to make informed decisions regarding their water management with time on their side.