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Aqua Gen awarded the Innovation Prize 2007
The Nor-Fishing Foundation awarded Aqua Gen the Innovation Prize 2007 of NOK 100 000 at Aqua Nor. Aqua Gen won the prize for devoloping a machine for the high quality grading of fertilized Salmonid and Trout eggs.
The prize was awarded for excellent effort on renewal, effectiveness, quality improvement, increased profit and maintenance
of the environment and resources in the fish farming industry.
Improvements in product quality
A lower proportion of eggs with defects will be delivered to the market thanks to higher quality grading. This will increase survival in the early freshwater phase and reduce the labour requirement for intensive observation at hatcheries and first feeding units. By minimising the amount of fry with poor health there will be a reduced risk of the possibility of diseases.
Improvements in welfare
By the elimination of the physical shocking process another achievement will be better animal welfare as eggs of poor quality shall not be used in production. Of course we are not totally sure that shocking can damage viable healthy eggs but the elimination of this robust process will eliminate any such risk.
Improvements in data management and reliability
The machine produces a report that details the number and size selection of the eggs for each delivery. The customer can now have the opportunity to keep better control of their own production data as well as the quality selection of the eggs.
This will be achieved through the improvement in labour efficiency but also because exact selection of the eggs will save good eggs from being wasted due to erroneous grading.
The manual operations of shocking and sorting out the eggs can be a very labour consuming process, which is repetitive and tiring for employees. For the dedicated breeding and egg production company, that alone is a very good reason to use this new technology.
More information about quality grading and the technology here.