The First Eye at Sea
Útgerðarfélag Reykjavíkur is the first company that have started using Maritech Eye™ onboard fishing vessels.
In December, Icelandic Útgerðarfélag Reykjavíkur installed the first of their two Maritech Eye units.
Their purpose is to automate the recognition and documentation of species in combination with size and other parameters related to various characteristics of whitefish catch.
The information will also be sent to the fisheries authorities in Iceland, who will use the data for research and estimation of stock size to optimize Icelandic quotas. Fiskistofa, The Icelandic Directorate of Fisheries, and Hafrannsóknarstofnun Íslands, the Icelandic Marine and Freshwater Research Institute, express that this project is very exciting to follow up on and that they will collaborate closely with Útgerðarfélag Reykjavíkur.
Automated catch registration
“We chose Maritech Eye™ because we see the possibility to solve the task of registering all our catch and believe it will greatly help optimizing our operations and give important research data to fishing authorities,” says Runólfur V Guðmundsson, CEO Útgerðarfélag Reykjavíkur.
“Útgerðarfélag Reykjavíkur is a leading Icelandic fishing company. They always try to use the latest technology on their vessels and work closely with all stakeholders in the industry. True pioneers,” says Konráð Hatlemark Olavsson, General Manager Maritech Iceland.
“As the industry is changing and the boats are getting bigger and more advanced, we see this as a natural part of the development – automated sorting, quality control, data collection, and documentation.”
Blood, Gaping, Fat, Nematodes ++
Automated and objective quality assessment, documentation and sorting, allows you to use your resources in a more cost-efficient way and improve your margins. With our standardized setups for salmon or whitefish, you can easily get started and get full return on your investment within just a few months. Ask us for an estimate.
Maritech Eye™ detects and documents blood spots, gaping (whitefish and salmon) melanin, salmofan, fat (salmon fillets), nematodes, and species (white fish fillets + round fish). As the scanning gives you objective documentation of the fish quality – in industrial speed, with a unique ID for each fish – you can easily provide this verification and traceability to your customers either they are wholesalers, supermarket chains or smaller buyers. If you buy fish from other, you will be able to verify that you pay for the quality you actually get.
Maximizing profit and quality
“This first vessel-based project is a milestone in several ways,” says Per Alfred Holte, VP Technical Solutions at Maritech. “Especially since the value creation at the fishing grounds is almost impossible to compensate for at a later stage in the seafood value chain. An increasing share of the quotas are caught by large vessels, it is crucial to ensure optimal operations at sea, data collection, and resource utilization.
With automated tools such as Maritech Eye™, both the industry and authorities ensure objective documentation and data collection, with considerably higher precision and efficiency compared to what you can get through a manual collection of random samples or inspection of complete catch volumes.”