Summary

The AQUA Sightline mobile app monitors your livestock in real-time and allows you to know where to focus to achieve your goals and improve your decision processes while impacting productivity and costs.

 As a fish farmer, would you be interested in reaching the fattening stage of your livestock 30 days earlier? There is an opportunity, but do you know how to do it? Another interesting consideration is to foresee the possibility of reducing production costs while improving the operational performance of your company. Something even more challenging would be to mitigate threats. There is already a tool in Colombia that helps you achieve these goals: it is called AQUA Sightline.

Colombian aquaculture has grown at an average annual rate of 10% over the last decade. These stats are lower than other Latin American countries, but they far exceed the rate of the agricultural sector and the total national economy. Although the country’s supply could even double, the solution is not ‘only increasing densities in small bodies of water, but adopting technologies such as AQUA Sightline, which allows you to predict physical-chemical parameters, on which it depends more than 50% of the success or failure of a production,’ explains SIGHTLINE SYSTEMS aquaculture specialist, Senior Consultant Laura Toro.

Along the same lines, Rolin Zumaran, Senior Vice President of SIGHTLINE SYSTEMS contextualized that ´todays strategies such as Industry 4.0 are an important reference for aquaculture markets such as Colombia, where companies define themselves as ‘producers’ of a variety of fish and other products in continental and marine waters.’

He explained that the denomination of ‘producers’ implies that there are production techniques and quality expectations, as well as compliance with regulations until the final stage of distribution. In other words, ‘it’s very similar to a factory that produces screws for example. That factory cannot produce 1 million screws that are defective or break easily. This is prevented by continuously monitoring each raw material component, process, and result as the screws are produced.

According to the expert, given its growth in recent years, the aquaculture market in Colombia benefits greatly from continuous improvement practices, quality processes, and regulations, since the lessons learned, and most convenient practices have a direct influence on livestock. The alerts about growth parameters such as water quality, feeding, or mortality, are part of creating a proactive environment to continually evaluate and improve production, feed use, and decision-making. In the face of physical-chemical parameters and/or mortality, all the above makes the quality of the product improve, be consistent, and obtain the best possible price.

‘Just as the screw factory does not wait to discover that a million screws were made defective, fish farmers can also continually improve quality, manage costs supported by decisions that are based on their processes, and consistently produce high-quality food. AQUA Sightline, with more than 30 years in real-time analytics of what is happening in production processes, is a great ally, with a lot of experience in helping to answer important questions. How do I get to the target weight with 5% or 10% less food; what is the impact of water quality on biomass; etc?  Each process, raw material, and quality are the reflection of industry practices that are primarily based on manufacturing examples’, he stated.

THE COMPETITION IS GROWING

In the national and international markets of this industry, competition continues to grow as a factor that impacts sales prices and production costs. Therefore, being able to quickly focus on what needs attention is part of the competitiveness required in this dynamic context which is subject to many external factors such as environment, biosecurity, and mortality, among others.

The development of fish farming in Colombia has improved. Today people talk about IPRS, biofloc, RAS… about systems. However, if we look at our neighboring countries like Chile we see that they are incorporating technologies with sensors through which it is possible to monitor the fish health, diagnose a disease in time, and allow immediate action to be taken to prevent the rapid spread and avoid significant production losses; such as the health contingency that recently occurred in Colombia due to the presence of the bacteria ‘Streptococcus Agalactiae ST7 serotype Ia’, said the aquaculture specialist for SIGHTLINE SYSTEMS, Senior Consultant Laura Toro.

Currently, the Colombian fish farmer mostly knows the production costs per kilo and continues to obtain acceptable profitability margins, ‘however, it is important, as in any company, to try to increase profitability and lower production costs, that is what the business consists of’.

AQUA Sightline is a mobile app for operational performance, which, through artificial intelligence, constantly monitors your livestock in real-time, capturing information, storing it securely, and analyzing it to generate alerts and customized visualizations that will be useful for reducing unusual mortality rates for example.

‘If you currently manage mortality rates of 30% to 50%, in terms of money, how much does that translate to? Tools like AQUA Sightline will help you reduce these losses by 10% – 20%’, said Toro.

THIS IS HOW IT IS ACHIEVED

The AQUA Sightline application provides the fish farmer with different data that will result in reducing his production costs: ‘it allows him to optimize the variables that directly intervene in the profitability of the business, monitoring day by day and carrying out a rigorous control of his operations in terms of feeding, mortalities, weight gains and conversion factors’, explained the aquaculture specialist for SIGHTLINE SYSTEMS, Senior Consultant Laura Toro, and mentioned some.

-It generates alerts when parameters get out of control so you can make timely decisions. Thus, you will not have to wait for the harvest to realize that your conversion factor, biomass, and others were not as expected, or that the livestock times are lengthened (longer occupation periods), which decreases the profitability of your business, increases the amount of food to be distributed, among other aspects.

-The sustainability of fish farming depends largely on the cost of feed since it represents between 70% and 80% for the producer, influencing significantly and to a greater extent the profitability of the activity, which has caused it to falter or sink countless number of producers within the country, causing them to look for other activities that represent fewer operating costs. In that sense, if a fish farmer manages to reduce feed by 10% to produce x number of tons, how much money could they be saving? That could also be achieved with this mobile app.

– Something additional that you could also achieve is to lower your growing cycle by a couple of days or weeks. It is not magic; it is the experience of a company that has been in the market for more than 30 years and has deposited all its experience in this innovative mobile app.

-Finally, in terms of water quality, we know that fish are poikilothermic animals, that is, they have a direct relationship between growth and temperature. If you manage to monitor and generate alerts only for the temperature, without mentioning the others that are just as important, it is possible that you can make decisions in time in bodies of water where this physical parameter may be rising or falling and avoid mortalities due to imbalances of the same, average weights below what was projected, low biomasses or conversion factors above 1.7, 1.9 to 2.0.

AQUA Sightline is a powerful mobile app that operates even without a constant internet connection, is easy to use, and is already available in stores for Android and iOS devices.

 

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