New Maritech Eye™ contract in Iceland
Útgerðarfélag Reykjavíkur will be the first company to start using Maritech Eye™ onboard fishing vessels.
Species and size registration
We are pleased to announce our new cooperation with Útgerðarfélag Reykjavíkur!
Two units of the hyperspectral camera solution Maritech Eye™ will shortly be placed onboard two of Útgerðarfélag Reykjavíkur´s fishing vessels. 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.
New research data
“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. We look forward to the cooperation with Útgerðarfélag Reykjavíkur and can’t wait to get started.”
The first on-vessel project
“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.”