Project Year 2015
Progress based on knowledge
FindIT is a new tool for storage and analysis of aquaculture production data: Understand the past, control the present and predict the future.
In FindIT production data is stored in a format that enables active use of the figures, which include environmental data, various incidents in the life of the fish and measures for productivity.
“The tool collects and structures data. The analyses show what are limiting and what are positive factors in production. One can thus implement improvements in the next production cycle based on knowledge rather than assumptions,” say Nofima researchers Grete Bæverfjord and Synnøve Helland. They have taken part in the development of the application and are currently working on implementing the tool in Norwegian fish farming.
FindIT has initially been developed for fresh water production, but the goal is to include sea production and broodstock too.
Temperatures, water quality, vaccinations, disease, checks, weight, unforeseen incidents. Everything that affects the life of farmed fish is already recorded. Currently much of the knowledge is inside the heads of those who at all times work with the fish, while the data is concealed in files and binders.
The goal of the FindIT data tool is to use these records strategically, and to ensure that knowledge is not lost.
Data mining, which is FindIT’s methodology, is based on large amounts of data, and uses computing power to find patterns in the data that the human brain is incapable of. The system relies on large datasets, and the value of FindIT will increase with the number of participants and time. All participants may see and work with their own data, while information from others contribute in the analyses. Knowledge is developed jointly, without individual producers having to show their hand.
“In this way one may generate knowledge in order to optimise production in upcoming production cycles,” Synnøve Helland says.
“We are working on optimising data transfer from current production management systems, such that the fish farmers avoid doing the same work twice. FindIT is not an alternative to these systems, rather a supplementary tool,” Grete Bæverfjord concludes.
IN COOPERATION WITH:
The Federation of European Aquaculture Producers FEAP, IT company Pepite (Belgia), aquaculture companies Lerøy and Bolaks