Aquaculture Monitoring

Application Background                                                                                                                                                                                      Printer Friendly Version

The aquaculture industry needs to monitor the water quality as well as other water and weather parameters for large fish farms, oyster beds, mussel farms and the like.

If ambient conditions are not ideal, if the water becomes too hot, too shallow or too salty, damage to the crop will result.
Fish farms may be in regions which are difficult to visit so a telemetry system to measure the conditions on the fish farm and report those conditions on a regular basis is important
There may also be compliance issue, where the Fish Farm needs to report to the local authorities, that the water parameters remained within safe limits throughout the growth of the fish crop.

Application Detail

Fish farms can install pole mounted systems to measure the Electro Conductivity of the water, to make sure it remains within safe limits. If a measuring system is being set up, a hydrostatic depth gauge and a temperature gauge may also be added to the system.
Typical systems may have a measurement station every 250 meters, in a grid, throughout the farm and have these measurement stations mounted on a pole in the water, with a small solar panel and battery for power and a cell phone or satellite modem.
A Fish Farm seawater crop expects a seawater environment, which would be typically 50,000 micro Siemens per centimeter. River flows close by may dilute the water to a fresh water environment, typically 1000 micro Siemens per centimeter and this could damage or kill the fish crop.

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The water parameters, particularly the electro conductivity would be measured every 5 minutes, and stored locally, before being sent up to a central server each hour.

A water depth and temperature sensor could be added so there is a regular check of level and temperature.

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The Neon Server would be set up to check each reading coming in from the measurement stations and to generate an alarm if there was an out of limits condition. The alarm could be sent by text to the Fish Farm manager so remedial action could be taken

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Regular monthly reports of the levels could also be assembled and sent to compliance authorities to maintain licenses and the like.

Fish production / quantities could also be optimised based on long term data from the Fish Farm environment.

Typical Configuration

Options for Application Specific Instruments / InputsUnidata Part NumberDescription
Water Electroconductivity Instrument6536EWater EC Instrument with Battery, 512K CMOS Memory
Four Electrode Water Conductivity Probe6536P-2-XX4EL Water Conductivity Probe -10m, 20m, 30m or 50m
Water Depth Probes6542D-XPT12 Pressure and Temperature SDI-12 Sensor, 3.5m, 10m or 20m
Options for Neon Telemetry - NRT / RTU / Field UnitsUnidata Part NumberDescription
Cellular RTU 3G2013F-AB03Neon Metering Module 3G with Antenna and Li Battery
Cellular RTU 4G2013F-AB04Neon Metering Module 4G with Antenna and Li Battery
Cellular RTU 3G - Industrial2016F-AB03Neon Remote Terminal 3G with Antenna and Li Battery
Cellular RTU 4G - Industrial2016F-AB04Neon Remote Terminal 4G with Antenna and Li Battery
Low Earth Orbit Satellite Globalstar2015E-AB0Neon Remote Terminal - Satellite Globalstar Modem with Antenna and three Li Batteries
Ethernet2017E-0B0-1 or 3NRT Ethernet with single or triple Ethernet Ports
with three Li Batteries
Equatorial Orbit Satellite - Inmarsat2018E-AB0-1 or 3NRT Ethernet with single or triple Ethernet Ports
with three Li Batteries
LCD Display2500ENRT LCD Display
NRT Field Termination Strip2103F2015E,2016F,2017E, and 2018E NRT FTS
NRT Firmware Option2303A-8M8M Extended Memory Option
NRT Firmware Option2303A-8M-CAM8M Extended Memory & Serial Camera Option
NRT Firmware Option2303A-CAMSerial Camera Option
Options for Neon Application Software - Customer ServerUnidata Part NumberDescription
Neon Application Software2302ANeon Server Software Licence Incl 5 NAL
Neon Application Software2302A-10Additional 10 NRT Access Licences
Neon Application Software2302A-20Additional 20 NRT Access Licences
Neon Application Software2302A-50Additional 50 NRT Access Licences
Options for Neon Application Software - Unidata ServerUnidata Part NumberDescription
Neon Application Software2301ANeon Data Initial Subscription Setup Fee
Neon Hosting Service2301A-01Neon Data Service Fee for 1-50 NRTs
Neon Hosting Service2301A-02Neon Data Service Fee for 51-100 NRTs
Neon Hosting Service2301A-10Neon Data Service Fee Metering
Options for Conventional Dataloggers / Field UnitsUnidata Part NumberDescription
Standards Starlogger6004D-11Red Logger 512K with Alkaline Battery
Display Starlogger6004D-21Blue Logger 512K with LCD and Alkaline Battery
Prologger7001D-11Green Logger 1M with LCD and Alkaline Battery
Micrologger8010C-EURMicrologger 512K
Starlogger Field Termination Strip6103E6004D FTS
Prologger Field Termination Strip7100E7001D FTS
Starlog V4 Management Software6308A-AUEStarlog V4 Full Licence Key