AI for Seaweed Aquaculture in Saga prefecture

Country
Japan
Sustainable development goals
  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Life below water
  • Responsible consumption and production
Project link
https://tech.nikkeibp.co.jp/it/atcl/column/17/121800583/122500002/

About the project

In March 2017, Saga Prefecture, Saga University, Saga Prefecture Fishery Cooperative Federation, Norinchukin Bank, NTT Docomo, Co. and OPTiM Co. signed the “Six-Party Agreement for the use of IoT” to promote the use of advanced technology, including artificial intelligence, for seaweed production in Ariake sea area around Saga prefecture. They have conducted field trails to predict and manage crop diseases and red tides. OPTiM offers its artificial intelligence system for the analysis of the data collected through drones and sensors around farms

More project information

In March 2017, Saga Prefecture, Saga University, Saga Prefecture Fishery Cooperative Federation, Norinchukin Bank, NTT Docomo, Co. and OPTiM Co. signed the “Six-Party Agreement for the use of IoT” to promote the use of advanced technology, including artificial intelligence, for seaweed production in Ariake sea area around Saga prefecture. They have conducted field trails to predict and manage crop diseases and red tides. OPTiM offers its artificial intelligence system for the analysis of the data collected through drones and sensors around farms.

The data gained through the drones used to monitor seaweed farms from above is stored into OPTiM’s cloud system and analyzed through image processing. Through this process, the artificial intelligence will identify locations of disease outbreaks and red tides that affect seaweed production. It also utilizes ICT buoys floating around the seaweed farms to collect data on sea water including concentration of salt and temperature to understand causality between such factors and disease outbreaks and the occurrence of red tides. The information will be accessible to workers through an application called “Fishery Manager” on laptops and smartphones. 

The seaweed farms are made up of about 30,000 blocks about 36 x 54 meters in size. Normally, it is necessary to go around each block on a ship to make sure of the conditions of the products. 

The use of drones and artificial intelligence that detects anomalies and informs workers swiftly contributes to Decent Work and Economic growth by reducing the burden on workers. Also, seaweed farming is an important industry in Japan due to the country’s high consumption of the product, while seaweed is a valuable player in the marine ecosystem. The use of artificial intelligence for sustainable production and disease management also addresses the goals of Responsible Consumption and Production, as well as Life Below Water.