The Acquaculture industry is learning how the IoT can help it in a number of compelling ways. To offer some perspective on Aquaculture’s size, its contribution to total world fish production more than doubled between 1995 and 2010 to 45.6 percent. Many are predicting that it will be the main source of seafood over the next few decades. According to one report, the world’s oceans can provide enough mass to produce aquaculture that totals close to 100 times the current global seafood consumption. Internet of things technology is already playing a key role in realizing that potential and more importantly, ensuring that seafood farming remains sustainable. The following article details how some of these contributions are being made today.
Like many in Sanriku, Iwate Prefecture, Kenichiro Yagi lost his waterfront business in the March 2011 Tohoku disasters. But in an imaginative bid to get his fishery company back online, that’s literally what he did: He connected to the internet.
Placing PCs and webcams onboard the four fishing boats recovered from the detritus, Yagi posts details of catches online in real time, offering his consumers fresh fish.
Besides enabling fishermen to work around the lack of a physical marketplace, technology offers an additional sustainability advantage: It matches supply and demand, increasing the chances of unwanted fish being returned to the sea alive.