Cutting costs while minimising environmental impact
The device, composed of a camera and sensors, continuously and automatically counts lice on the salmon as they are swimming in the cage. The system sends information about amount and type of lice to a control centre via a cloud-based solution, in real time. All this without manually handling the fish. That way, the sea lice data is much more reliable, and salmon producers can make better-informed decisions. For example, it becomes much easier to know when delousing needs to be done and when not, which helps keep costs down. Moreover, the use of chemicals can be lessened, avoiding damaging surrounding marine life.
Receiving the award is an acknowledgment we appreciate, especially because of the competent jury who have studied SpectraLice's functionality, design and utility before they have rewarded us with the design award. We give a special thanks to our EGGS Design for their invaluable assistance.Ivar Erdal, Daglig Leder, Ecotone
The jury’s verdict
(Jury's verdict can be read in Norwegian on www.doga.no)
"This product goes directly into an important area for the Norwegian salmon industry: how to combat salmon lice in a sustainable and environmentally sound manner. There is no doubt that Norwegian salmon represents not only high income for Norway but also concerns related to animal welfare and medicine use. By getting a better and more detailed overview of lice in stock, one can target the treatment better and save both the fish and the environment for the unnecessary strain.
We experience SpectraLice as a product that is both well designed and well thought out. The object itself has an appealing design with good use of materials and excellent integration of functions. The fact that it also reduces the risk of injury arising from manual counting of salmon lice is also a plus. Nevertheless, it is the innovative environmental dimension that impresses most - because it can so undoubtedly contribute to increased efficiency and sustainable growth in the industry.”
Jury, DOGA design award
About DOGA Award for Design and Architecture
The award is a distinction awarded by DOGA to Norwegian businesses and designers who demonstrate the outstanding use of design and architecture. The award is leading to its kind in Norway. The award showcases and spotlights exemplary projects of innovative and user-centred solutions. The jury focuses primarily on the process and collaboration between the commissioning party and design practitioner.