Tuesday, August 5, 2014

05/08/2014: Fortress pens to stop seals from taking farmed salmon

Seals are a regular sighting around Atlantic Salmon Farms and one of the industry’s biggest problems.

But it won’t be for long. 

Australia's Huon Aquaculture is rolling out new ‘fortress pens’, the world’s first preventative seal and sea-bird system. Designed in-house and built locally, the formidable netting utilises steel-like rope typically used in bulletproof vests.

“Seals will either try to get in by climbing over or biting a hole in the net. Or they strike fish through the net underwater and when the fish falls to the bottom, they eat it through the net. These new nets prevent them from doing that”, explains tour guide, David Whyte, Group Technical Manager at Huon Aquaculture Pty Ltd.

Read more HERE.

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