Seaeye Falcon for Aquaculture Support
The powerful, portable and versatile Seaeye Falcon Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) is demonstrating its ability to support the cleaning and maintenance of deep nets in the aquaculture industry.
Many aquaculture operators have the need to clean and maintain the nets, so they can remain in place for longer periods of time. These larger nets, some of which are up to 25 meters deep, may have to be inspected at least twice a week, for holes or damage. Additionally, there is the need to inspect and remove dead fish (morts), to ensure the health of the fish stock.
Morts can be removed using a Falcon ROV fitted with an 8-inch suction hose that is capable of moving 1 tonne of small fish per minute. To maneuver this hose underwater requires a very capable ROV which must at the same time be portable and able to be handled by a two-man crew. The Falcon manipulator is used to hold the suction hose, while the pilot guides the vehicle to suck up the morts. As soon as all the morts have been collected from a net, the suction hose is released from the manipulator and recovered for deployment into the next net, while the Falcon carries out the video survey for holes and damages.
Fish farming in Australia with a successful prototype mort scoop.