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INVE Aquaculture unveils solution for precise live feed quantification

The company, together with Aris, developed an automated rotifer and Artemia counting tool that requires far less time and effort while offering unparalleled precision.

Credits: INVE Aquaculture
September 20, 2023

INVE Aquaculture and Aris, industry pioneers in aquaculture innovation, have collaborated to introduce a game-changing solution for aquaculture hatcheries worldwide. SnappArt, an automated live food counting tool, is set to transform the way fish and shrimp growth is managed. This new technology is bound to set new standards for optimal feed management and enhanced production quality. The project was supported by Eurostars, a European funding instrument for collaborative R&D and innovation projects. SnappArt was officially launched on the European market during a product launch event at Aquaculture Europe in Vienna. A roll-out in additional regions across the globe will follow swiftly.

The struggle for adequate feed management

It is a well-known fact that achieving ideal fish and shrimp growth fundamentally depends on meticulous feed management. Until now, the adequate production and quality control of live feed such as Artemia and rotifers demanded meticulous manual inspections. These labor-intensive and error-prone procedures conducted on limited sample sizes often lead to inconsistent feed administration. Moreover, skilled staff is hard to find, and counting methods are not globally standardized. All the above too often jeopardizes the reliability of high-quality shrimp and fish production.

Automation to the rescue

INVE Aquaculture and Aris have jointly developed SnappArt, a fully automated live food counting system. Representing a monumental shift in live food quantification, SnappArt replaces conventional manual counting with a method that requires far less time and effort while offering unparalleled precision. This ground-breaking technological innovation propels hatcheries towards more time- and cost-efficient, sustainable, and consistent live food production.

Designed with advanced computer vision technology, the SnappArt device looks deceivingly modest. The real innovation, however, lies in the AI-driven image analysis software that ensures rapid, precise analysis of samples. A highly intuitive user interface makes the device remarkably easy to operate.

When implemented in the fish or shrimp hatchery, SnappArt revolutionizes the assessment of Artemia and rotifer quality, ensuring consistent and reliable results. With reduced inspection time and data-driven decision-making, hatcheries can boost their profitability, optimize growth ratios, and improve their overall production efficiency. This innovative tool is set to rapidly become a must-have for any hatchery wishing to ensure the consistency and reliability of their production practices.

SnappArt’s key features at a glance:

  • Automated counting: SnappArt replaces labor-intensive manual counting, ensuring standardized practices and consistent output.
  • Deep learning model: Empowered by AI technology, SnappArt recognizes and counts rotifers and Artemia with unrivaled precision and speed, mitigating the risk of knowledge loss.
  • Swift data processing: Accelerated data processing provides instant results visualization, reducing manual labor and facilitating informed decision-making.
  • Comprehensive management software: the SnappArt software and portal allows easy data access, automated analyses, and customizable reports.

The main fields of application are aquaculture hatcheries where it simplifies live food from small-scale to large commercial operations, ensuring accurate feeding practices; research institutions that can benefit from precise quantification of live food populations for scientific studies, enabling consistent measurements; and larviculture and fry production optimizing feeding protocols, improving production efficiency, and reducing wastage in larviculture and fry development.

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