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Preparation of iFarm-pen for harvesting
Preparation of iFarm-pen for harvesting

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The first iFarm fish on the way to market

The results from the harvest show high quality of the iFarm fish, which confirms that the health and welfare of the fish has been good in the iFarm net pens. The very first iFarm fish was stocked in Martnesvika sea site in the autumn of 2020.

Using artificial intelligence and machine learning, Cermaq and BioSort aim to identify each individual fish in a pen and give individual follow-up and health journals. The iFarm project, which will develop individual aquaculture, is planned to run over five years. In phase 1, the main task has been adapting the iFarm equipment in the pen to the fish's behavior and ensuring that the fish are well and have good welfare.

"The fish behavior we have observed in phase 1 tells us that the fish is doing fine with the iFarm equipment in the pen. This is further supported by the results from the harvest. The fish has had a good life in the iFarm pens," says Cermaq’s iFarm project manager, Karl Fredrik Ottem

The need for delousing was reduced by 50% in the iFarm pens compared to the conventional pens on the site and scoring of welfare indicators was good throughout the production.

The iFarm project is a development project with a high degree of innovation, and with many uncertainties. The iFarm concept cannot be combined with ordinary underwater feeding equipment, and the harvest results showed that there is a need for further development of the underwater feeding system to achieve as good feeding factor as we normally have in Cermaq. The first production has also provided important experience in terms of solutions for integration between various main components of iFarm and how these should be further developed to improve handling operations and daily operations.

Also, the first version of the iFarm sensor has been tested in phase 1 in Martnesvika sea site, which has resulted in important experiences regarding the camera arrangement, lighting, and data processing to enable a health record for each fish. "Checking the fish in real time with cameras from multiple angles opens up to tell more about each fish, but at the same time it requires a lot from the software and hardware solutions we develop," says general manager of BioSort, Geir Stang Hauge.

The further development of iFarm - phase 2 - is taking place in Vesterålen. An entire sea site has been equipped with iFarm setups in all the pens, after the fish was stocked last autumn. In this phase, there will be real full-scale testing of the concept and technology.

"We have learned a lot that we have already implemented in phase 2, and we have received a number of answers that take us to the next step. An important part of the innovation work is to find out what works and what does not work ", says Ottem.

The first iFarm fish was harvested at Steigen processing plant and has been sent to customers in Europe and Asia.


Cermaq is one of the world's leading companies in farming of salmon and trout, with operations in Norway, Chile and Canada. Cermaq is a fully owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation with head office in Oslo, Norway.


Lars Galtung

Lars Galtung

Press contact Chief Communication and Sustainability Officer  +4798214812
Lise Bergan

Lise Bergan

Press contact Head of Communication +47 932 51 114
Astrid Vik Aam

Astrid Vik Aam

Press contact Communications Manager +47 924 90 676

Sustainable aquaculture

Cermaq is a world leading producer of sustainable salmon and trout with operations in Chile, Canada and Norway.
Cermaq supplies salmon to customers in more than 70 countries around the world and has annual revenues of around NOK 12 billion. The company has around 2800 employees and is a fully owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation with head office in Oslo, Norway.
Cermaq is driving transition of our food system towards healthier and more climate-friendly food. Our approach is transparency, performance, and partnerships, setting ambitious climate goals, innovation for clean farming, and scaling impact and ripple effects through local and global partnerships.

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