Nutreco Feed Tech Challenge 2018

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Blue Lice's Smart System Preventing Sea Lice on Salmon

Blue Lice’s patent-pending system prevents sea lice from affecting salmon aquaculture, saving costs and reducing the need for treatments. The company’s novel solution also aims to improve fish welfare while increasing the quality and production rate of farmed salmon.


To summarize, Blue Lice is working to attract, capture and contain sea lice before it is infecting the fish. This is a preventive and sustainable solution that also will be a benefit to wild salmon.


Today the industry use NOK 10 billion on treatment in Norway alone, and 53 million salmon dies due to the treatment.

Describe the problem your company wishes to solve and how your product or service will solve it

Sea lice, the most economically damaging parasite, remains one of the major problems in the aquaculture industry. Sea lice attach itself to fish and cause damage by feeding on the mucous, epidermal tissue and blood of the host. Growth is reduced, infections occur and unpleasant appearance greatly reduces market value.

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Lice propagates a preventive method that will catch sea lice before it can cause damage. The company is developing traps that include factors that individually are known to attract sea lice. Unique trap design and a special combination and arrangement of attractants open for a highly scalable and low-cost solution with short time-to-market. Blue Lice’s patent-pending system prevents sea lice from affecting farmed salmon, saving costs and reducing the need for treatments. The solution also aims to improve fish welfare while increasing the quality and production rate. Blue Lice is working to attract, capture and contain sea lice before it is infecting the fish.

 

 

 

Blue Lice carried out initial field trials with Marine Harvest, the world’s largest operator company, with a positive result in 03/2017. Additional advanced tests were carried out with Bremnes Seashore in 12/2017 - 01/2018 where the results are validated by Norwegian Institute for Nature Science (NINA), an applied R&D institute. Going forward, the technology roadmap is focusing on testing in multiple cages simultaneously and an increased focus on data analytics to seek patterns and trends. This will take place in April - October 2018.

 

 

 

Describe other business assistance that you are seeking from Nutreco

Blue Lice will find it valuable to explore further cooperation in logistics with the Nutreco existing client network. We would love to coolaborate with getting our product to the market through your already trusted channels.

Are you available to participate in the final event in the Netherlands 28, 29, and 30 May? All expenses will be covered by Nutreco

Yes

Describe how the prize - a validation trial in our facilities - could boost the development of your business

To get our product to the market we are obligated to validate it as thoroughly as possible. Today we are doing field trials, but we also need to do scientific tests to find our optimal efficiency and prove our product. Our end goal is to exterminate the need for sea lice treatment!

If you already have a website for your business, please share the URL

www.bluelice.no

teresa debesa 2 months ago

The idea has been progressed to the next milestone.

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teresa debesa 2 months ago

The idea has been progressed to the next milestone.

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Bartal Andreasen 2 months ago

Hi the Blue lice team
It sounds like a interesting approach to solving the lice problem on salmon. I doubt that trapping lice from the environment can solve the problem alone, I doubt that any one product will ever completely solve the problem, but together with other approaches it could keep the amount of lice down.
I have some questions though:
Could you elaborate a little bit on you solution, sound like you don't want to tell exactly how it works and that's fine, but is it a product that is put in to the cages, or is it around it, or is it spread over the whole fjord ?
You also say you have made tests with positive results, could you elaborate on that, how good is a positive result?

Best Regards,
Bartal

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Blue Lice 2 months ago

Thank you for your interest in our idea! Answers to your questions:

1. Our system is placed outside of the fish pen. In the future we are planning to set aside a share of our income to place our system in the fjords to help the wild salmon.

2. In our prototype we tested a dummy trap and a trap with attractants. We tested during 5 days at the fish farm, and the results showed sea lice in the trap with the attractants.

Hope this answers your questions and hope to meet you in the Netherlands so we can discuss further.

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Khalil Safaei 2 months ago

Good for you!

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teresa debesa 2 months ago

Status label added: Full business case submitted

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Mario Miranda Lavarello 2 months ago

Sea Lice team: I really congratulate this project..if it is effective, you are giving a high scalable solution for the salmon farming industry saving millions, really oustanding !!

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