Improved collection and sharing of shrimp data using XpertSea technology aims to reduce the impact of diseases, a major threat to the sustainability of shrimp production and a major economic cost with billions of dollars in lost revenue and growth opportunities
Quebec City and Bangkok, May 7, 2019 — Thailand’s Shrimp Health Resources Improvement project (SHRImp), managed by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) in collaboration with IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, has chosen XpertSea to deploy a collaborative farm solution to help manage production risks at multiple shrimp farms in Thailand.
The project will use XpertSea’s industry-leading aquaculture management platform, the only commercially available hardware/software solution that automatically captures shrimp size and weight using artificial intelligence and computer vision.
The program objective is to develop data tools and interfaces that will enable farmers and industry managers to reduce disease outbreaks at individual farms and at the area-level through improved farm management and coordinated action.
At least 150 shrimp farmers will take part in the pilot, which will also involve other actors in the supply chain.
XpertSea’s Asia team will work with major stakeholders including farmers, DOF, SFP, IDH, diagnostic companies, feed companies, processors, hatcheries, and academia. The project will initially focus on field validation in specific provinces in Thailand and will be developed with global applicability in mind.
“Disease is the major threat to the sustainability of shrimp production and a major economic cost,” said Anton Immink, Aquaculture Program Director at the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership. “Past experience has shown how devastating the impact of disease outbreaks can be to the industry, costing billions of dollars in lost revenue and growth opportunities. XpertSea is the perfect partner to provide the tools and advice that will help farmers and link with other tools to help the industry as a whole reduce the potential impact of disease outbreaks, through systems built on improved data collected from, and used by, farms and management agencies.”
"We're excited to partner with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, with support from the Walmart Foundation, to improve health and farm management practices in Thailand," said Valerie Robitaille, CEO and co-founder of XpertSea. "Together with government, industry and NGOs, we look forward to implementing technologies that reduce disease outbreaks on shrimp farms and that contribute to the advancement of sustainable practices in aquaculture."
The project's technology components will include the XperCount, a portable smart device that automatically captures data about organisms using artificial intelligence; as well as XpertSea’s Growth Platform, which allows farmers and field technician to enter and visualize production data from any mobile device; and a Partner Platform that provides third parties such as DOF and universities the ability to securely access and manage the collected data to give advice and insights to farmers.
Over 400 facilities currently use XpertSea’s solutions worldwide, from large producers to midsize facilities across all continents. The XpertSea platform has processed data about more than 1.8 billion shrimp organisms over the last 12 months alone, making it the largest shrimp data platform in the market.
In addition to its technology platform, XpertSea was chosen for this project because of its deep and wide understanding of the complexity of the shrimp aquaculture industry; extensive knowledge of disease surveillance and epidemiology; and proven ability to communicate complex information to farmers as simple actions and advice.
About the SHRImp project
The SHRImp project aims to help improve health and farm management practices and reduce the potential risks of disease outbreaks across production areas in shrimp farming using a range of tools, including epidemiology, to support an early warning system. The project was developed by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) and IDH the Sustainable Trade Initiative, who co-fund the project with the Walmart Foundation. It is delivered in collaboration with Thailand’s Department of Fisheries, Benchmark Group, Stirling University, Chumpon Good Quality Shrimp Farmers Club, Tha Thong Shrimp Cooperative, Seafresh Group, Rubicon Resources, Beaver Street Fisheries, Thai Union, the Fishin’ Company, Sunnyvale Seafood and Lyons Seafood.
XpertSea is a Canadian technology company that's transforming how the global aquaculture industry farms seafood to help feed the world. Combining smart aquaculture equipment with a farm management platform, our collaborative solution uncovers actionable insights driven by artificial intelligence. These insights enable farmers and industry experts to optimize feed efficiency, reduce environmental waste, take preventive actions against diseases and use data to bring transparency and knowledge to the entire supply chain. With customers in over 50 countries, we’re using Canadian ingenuity to make aquaculture profitable and sustainable.
About the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership
Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) is reshaping the world of corporate responsibility in the seafood industry through the creation of powerful information tools and a methodology that enables companies to directly engage with suppliers of natural resources. Our Vision is one of healthy marine and aquatic ecosystems; secure seafood supplies; and a thriving, responsible seafood economy. Our Mission is to engage and catalyze global seafood supply chains in rebuilding depleted fish stocks and reducing the environmental impacts of fishing and fish farming.
Since its founding in 2006, SFP has been leading and catalyzing fishery and aquaculture improvement projects globally by convening, educating, and advising supply chain stakeholders including major retailers, restaurant chains, seafood brand owners, buyers, producers (fishers), nonprofit organizations, and fisheries management and scientific institutions to improve fisheries and aquaculture practices and policies.
IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative inspires and supports companies to develop profitable business models for production and trade of tropical commodities and apparel products that benefit producers, workers and the environment, leveraging the interests of businesses to secure their supply and reputation. To maximize cost-effective impact on people and planet, IDH arranges cooperation between businesses, NGO’s and governments to align actions and build sustainable sector- and landscape governance on global, national and local level. Together with co-financing and de-risking arrangements we trigger commercial investments in governance- and business models to transform tropical commodity production and manufacturing, to deliver long term field level impact at scale on the SDGs. IDH prototypes its approaches in 12 sectors and 12 landscapes worldwide.