The Potential of Underwater Photogrammetry for Aquaculture

Written by Patricia Sestari

February 7, 2024


Aquaculture, the farming of aquatic organisms, plays a crucial role in meeting the growing demand for seafood worldwide. As the industry continues to expand, the need for innovative technologies to optimize operations and ensure sustainability becomes increasingly apparent. In this blog, we’ll explore how underwater photogrammetry is revolutionizing aquaculture, unlocking new possibilities for site planning, stock monitoring, environmental assessment, and more. 

Site Selection and Planning with Photogrammetry 

One of the key challenges in aquaculture is identifying suitable sites for farm installations. Underwater photogrammetry offers a powerful solution by providing accurate topographic data and bathymetric maps of potential sites. With Voyis’ advanced photogrammetric technologies, like the Discovery Vision System, aquaculturists can assess seabed characteristics, water depths, and currents to make informed decisions during site selection and planning processes. This precision ensures optimal placement of aquaculture facilities, maximizing productivity and minimizing environmental impact. 

Effective management of aquatic species is essential for the success of aquaculture operations. With underwater photogrammetry, users can monitor the growth and health of fish, shellfish, and other organisms with accuracy.

Voyis’ high-resolution cameras capture crisp, detailed images that enable precise measurements of fish size, biomass, and condition. This data not only facilitates real-time monitoring of stock performance but also allows for early detection of health issues, enabling proactive intervention to maintain optimal conditions and minimize losses. 

Assessing Environmental Impact and Sustainability 

Environmental sustainability is a primary concern in aquaculture, with industry stakeholders increasingly focused on minimizing ecological footprints and ensuring responsible practices. Underwater photogrammetry plays a crucial role in assessing the environmental impact of aquaculture operations.

Voyis’ solutions support comprehensive environmental monitoring, allowing aquaculturists to track parameters such as benthic habitat health, and ecosystem dynamics. By leveraging this data, stakeholders can make informed decisions to mitigate potential impacts and promote sustainable practices, ensuring the long-term viability of their operations. 

Improving Feed Management and Efficiency 

Feed management represents a significant cost in aquaculture operations, making efficient feeding practices essential for profitability and sustainability. Underwater photogrammetry offers valuable insights into feeding behavior and biomass distribution, enabling aquaculturists to optimize feed management strategies.

Voyis’ technologies provide real-time monitoring of feeding activities, allowing for precise adjustment of feed quantities and frequencies to match the nutritional needs of aquatic species. This optimization not only reduces feed wastage but also promotes healthier growth and improves overall efficiency, enhancing the economic and environmental sustainability of aquaculture operations. 

Enhancing Biosecurity and Disease Management 

Maintaining biosecurity and managing disease risks are critical priorities in aquaculture to safeguard stock health and prevent economic losses. Underwater photogrammetry aids in these efforts by facilitating early detection of disease outbreaks and monitoring of biosecurity measures. Voyis’ solutions enable aquaculturists to assess water quality parameters, identify potential disease vectors, and monitor stock health indicators with precision. By detecting issues early and implementing targeted interventions, stakeholders can effectively manage disease risks and maintain biosecurity protocols, ensuring the integrity and resilience of their operations. 

As the aquaculture industry continues to evolve, the integration of underwater photogrammetry emerges as a game-changer, offering unprecedented capabilities to optimize operations, enhance sustainability, and mitigate risks. With Voyis’ advanced photogrammetric technologies, aquaculturists can unlock the full potential of their operations, harnessing precise data and actionable insights to drive innovation and achieve success in a rapidly changing world. By embracing underwater photogrammetry, the future of aquaculture looks brighter than ever, promising sustainable growth, healthy ecosystems, and abundant harvests for generations to come 

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