According to The Asahi Shimbun, a Japanese engineering company will start verification tests on a partially automated fish cultivation system off the coast of Japan in December.
Under the plan, Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering Co. will install large pipes at a coho salmon farming facility run by Yumigahama Suisan Kaisha Ltd., based in Tottori Prefecture (in Japan), so that the fish can be fed by remote control from land.
After examining the conditions of cultivated salmon for six months, Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering will market the system to fisheries companies and trading firms in fiscal 2017 at the earliest.
Most conventional fish farming facilities have been set up in coastal regions that are sheltered somewhat from strong winds and high waves. There are now few places where fish can be raised, and the small culturing companies face a shortage of workers.
Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering says its offshore engineering techniques can build large cultivation facilities 3 to 5 kilometers off the coastline. It believes the introduction of larger facilities and automating feeding based on its communications technology will help address the worker shortage in the industry.
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