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Aqualine makes major contribution to solving salmon louse problem

Aqualine, whose Midgard® System had contributed in the past to significantly reducing escapes from fish farms, is now developing a system that can also contribute to solving salmon louse problems in the aquaculture industry. This system is environmentally friendly and contributes to improved fish welfare.
Aqualine Subsea System is a net cage with a submerged net that is based on our Midgard® System and that requires a slight adaptation to the existing Midgard net. An upgraded system of cages, adapted nets, sinker rings and winches has resulted in a complete submersible cages system facility.

By using a winch to submerge the net with a ‘net lid’ 10 metres, the fish end up under the louse zone, which is usually at a depth of 10 metres. Studies and measurements have shown that the quantity of louse below this zone is reduced considerably or disappears entirely, while a new increase is avoided.

To ensure that the fish have access to air to fill their air bladder, the net cage can be raised as often as desired and the salmon 'aired' for around two hours. When using the  Midgard® System winch system, it takes around one minute per metre to raise and lower the net. The top of the net is covered with a ‘net lid’.

When submerged, marine growth is also reduced significantly, an additional advantage since we know that louse larvae thrive in large numbers in areas with marine growth. The conditions at each individual location will determine the need to clean both the net and lid.

The Aqualine Subsea System is tested in Marintek's ocean laboratory in Trondheim.

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