Summary

IPRS is a pond system that boosts fish production. However, close monitoring is crucial due to the high density of fish. AQUA Sightline, a mobile app, offers real-time data and alerts to optimize production and ensure fish health.

Take advantage of your IPRS system with AQUA Sightline

Through the IPRS System technology, fish farmers in Colombia are producing more, with less space and resources. The AQUA Sightline mobile application is key in allowing for real-time surveillance and control of these super-intensive crops so you can meet projected results of each harvest.

The arrival of the American multinational Sightline Systems to Colombia, with its AQUA Sightline pilot project, translates into an opportunity to take advantage of hundreds of fish farming ventures, including those that have the pond channeling system – IPRS (In-Pond Raceway Systems). It is a very powerful and versatile mobile application, which improves aquaculture operations in general.

And in view of the enormous potential that Colombia has in fish production and the unstoppable market demand, for years the country has been betting on the implementation of the IPRS system, a technology that has allowed fish farmers to significantly increase productivity per cubic meter of its cultivation, at a lower cost per fish and lessened environmental impact, as highlighted by the Colombian Federation of Aquaculturists (Fedeacua).

In summary, “it is possible to produce 3 times more than through the traditional system, and costs are reduced by 30%,” indicated Fabio Augusto Medina, producer for the Government of Huila.

THE BET

The IPRS Pond Raceway System is a promising strategy to further increase fish performance in static ponds, according to the Global Seafood Alliance (GSA). Where instead of the fish growing freely in the pond, in the IPRS they are “confined at high densities in floating or fixed raceways. Water circulation and aeration are continuously provided to each raceway, maintaining adequate and safe oxygen levels in the growout cells, regardless of the oxygen status in the pond,” they add.

This allows tilapia production to be doubled or even tripled. It should be noted that IPRS was created and initially launched at the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences at Auburn University (SFAAS-AU, Alabama, USA) in the early 90s, and has managed to grow successfully in Colombia according to samples provided by Fedeacua.

Data from the aquaculturists’ union reveal that by 2023, the number of these systems in Colombia will increase to approximately 700, making the country the most prominent in all of Latin America in its implementation.

“In Colombia, there are approximately seven hundred raceways in the production stage, most in the department of Huila. Piscícola Botero and Piscícola New York are some of the companies that have adopted this system,” Silvio L. Cerquera Trujillo, representative of IPRS of Colombia, a firm specialized in the assembly of this system, told the union.

A GREAT OPPORTUNITY

The aquaculture specialist for Sightline Systems, senior consultant Laura Toro, agreed that there is currently a lot of work being done within the fish farming sector in Colombia, “in order to improve production systems that go hand in hand with profitability, not only economical in terms of increasing the quality of fillet and fresh meat, but also obtaining higher densities in smaller bodies of water and at the same time contributing to sustainable systems in environmental terms.”

She indicated that a specific case is the IPRS, but since they are super-intensive projects, “it is still a system that requires special conditions and/or care and, even, the development of technologies that allow it to maintain the ideal conditions to be able to meet initial expectations in terms of: quality, mortality, returns, investment and others.”

According to the aquaculture specialist at Sightline Systems, in response to this need, the AQUA Sightline application was launched, through which the producer can have greater control of his production. How? “Keeping a daily record of food consumption, mortality and sampling so that, through the operational data captured 24/7, analysis of optimal operational performance can be carried out to be more competitive and sustainable over time,” said Toro.

She stressed that, in IPRS, because they are systems that host a relatively high biomass, “it is necessary to monitor water quality at all times.”

“With our application and its alert system supported by telemetry, it allows the producer to make decisions in time before a major problem arises. Specifically water quality parameters can triggered, which may directly affect fish FCA (Feed Conversion Factor) and if not corrected,  provide the producer with a significant reduction in the profitability of the harvest.”

AQUA Sightline is already present in the department of Huila, the largest fish producer in Colombia for more than a decade; and will soon expand to all aquaculture regions of the Andean country.

By: Caterin Julieth Manchola. Journalist in Colombia, Huila. Photo credit: Colombian Ministry of Agriculture.

 

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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