Cost benefit is the biggest challenge for land-based aquaculture to prevail.

Land-based aquaculture is said to be a promising method for fish farming as it can be more productive, environmentally friendly, and easier to maintain transparency. However, it is yet to be common due to heavy capital investment and expensive energy cost.

Expectations for aquaculture improvement
The expected growth for aquaculture market for the next 5 years is coming from; feed improvement 4.9% per year, and new farming model 16.5% per year. Growth expectations for land-based aquaculture and smart aquaculture seems to be good, however, the current penetration rate remains low.
Capital investment and energy cost remain expensive in the current land-based aquaculture model
In the current land-based aquaculture model, fixed cost (capital investment and energy cost) occupies about 70% of the total cost. This is one of the largest barriers for aquafarmers to choose the land-based instead of the sea-based.

Taking aquaculture to the next stage using cutting edge technologies.

In order to maximize the productivity of the aquaculture facility, AI/IoT system are installed. The system is designed to monitor the fish and control its growth environment either by automation or by remote operation. Also, filtration and water current technology are utilized to save energy cost. These efforts are driven by open innovation.

Smart aquaculture

Higher productivity with the combination of genome editing × AI/IoT.

By combining the new fish variety (fast-growth & increased-filet) and the smart aquaculture facility, the productivity per area is expected to be approximately 4 times higher than that of the normal setting. By making constant improvement based on feedback from actual operation, we can transform land-based aquaculture into productive business model.

Improve productivity – fixed cost to be reduced to 1/4

Our ultimate goal is to establish a new aquaculture ecosystem that is good for environment, and good for people.

In the long run, we’re planning to establish an aquaculture ecosystem that is good for environment; energy to be supplied from either clean energy or residual heat from factories, and wastages to be recycled as fertilizers by extracting organic nitrogen.
Also, we’re planning to make it better for people as well. By linking market information with the R&D, we can promote breed improvement based on consumer needs.

Consumer feedback

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