Salmon farmers scan fish faces to fight killer lice

Source: Undercurrent News

A company in Norway has developed a 3D scanner that can tell salmon apart based on the distinct pattern of spots around their eyes, mouth and gills, Bloomberg reported.

Fish-farming giant Cermaq Group wants to roll out the technology at salmon pens along Norway’s fjord-etched coastline, betting it can prevent the spread of epidemics like sea lice that infect hundreds of millions of farmed fish and cost the global industry upwards of $1 billion each year.

“We can build a medical record for each individual fish,” said Harald Takle, the head researcher at Cermaq, one of the partners testing the system behind what it’s calling an iFarm. “This will be like a revolution.”

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