Deep Vision featured as part of Røkke’s new research vessel
Deep Vision is planned to be employed on the new state of the art research vessel “REV”, operated by WWF and funded by Kjell Inge Røkke. Originated from his company Eco-Harvesting, the trawl vision system is presented in a video that shows the latest in trawl gear technology that will equip the vessel when launched in 2020.
Deep Vision features as part of the most advanced catch system ever used on a research vessel. In the video above, originally published on the REV website, the Deep Vision system is presented as one of the key elements of an advanced catch identification and sorting system. The Research Expedition Vessel, abbreviated “REV”, will be 181 meters long and fitted with the latest in high-tech equipment for surveying marine areas and life in the world’s oceans.
– REV will be equipped with the latest in trawl technology. As we have been involved with the Deep Vision technology from the early stages of its development, we are excited to employ this technology for our trawl surveys, says Webjørn Eikrem, Executive Vice President at Aker BioMarine.
The Deep Vision technology for identifying fish in the trawl by use of stereo camera technology originated from a land-based version of the system developed by Scantrol in cooperation with the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) in Bergen and the University of Aberdeen. The CatchMeter system automatically identified species and size of fish fed onto a conveyor belt and was developed for research purposes.
Cooperation with Eco-Harvesting spurred a new phase in this project where the camera technology was moved into the sea as part of a selective fishing system where the catch would be sorted in the trawl based on species and size so that only desired catch would be brought onboard the vessel.
– We are proud to be featured as part of this groundbreaking project and especially excited because bringing the Deep Vision technology under water and into the trawl originated from our cooperation with Eco-Harvesting, another company owned by Kjell Inge Røkke, says Managing Director at Scantrol Deep Vision, Helge Hammersland.
Deep Vision has been developed as part of CRISP, Centre for Resarch-based Innovation in Sustainable fish capture and Processing technology. In 2016, Scantrol Deep Vision was awarded the Innovation Prize at Nor-Fishing for developing underwater fish sampling and selective catching technology.
Today, Deep Vision is available for research purposes and has been employed on 28 research cruises for a total of more than 200 hauls. The system enables fish sampling to be done in the sea without bringing the fish on board the vessel, saving both valuable marine resources and manual labour in the sampling process. The project is supported by Innovation Norway for implementation on IMR’s research vessels in the current year.
Deep Vision for commercial trawlers will be available in 2019.