Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announces Maximizing Oyster Production through AI-Enabled Monitoring Project
(Montreal, Quebec) Today, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) announced the Maximizing Oyster Production through AI-Enabled Monitoring Project. The project will demonstrate the capacity to cultivate oyster spat while effectively mitigating challenges such as parasites, disease, change effect, and increasing commercial yield for oyster farmers.
The Maximizing Oyster Production through AI-Enabled Monitoring Project will employ AI for Clean Valley CIC’s Neptune’s Hatchery, a system using algae and oysters for water filtration of aquaculture, where algae nourish the oysters. IntegraSEE Research Inc., will develop AI technology to optimize and oversee oyster well-being, including decisions on environmental factors like water temperature, ammonia levels, and pH through oyster monitoring. This scalable technology extends to oyster spat in Clean Valley CIC’s Neptune Hatchery, with the potential to produce over 18 million spat annually.
Led by Clean Valley CIC, and partner IntegraSEE Research Inc., with collaborators Aqua Production Systems, Sober Island Oyster Farmers, SEAentia and Eco Canada, the project has a total value of $1,054,307 where Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is investing almost $415,000 with the rest of funding coming from project partners.
Clean Valley and IntegraSEE aspire to expand their market reach with the knowledge generated from this project that will provide significant market differentiation and alignment with ocean industry demands. The project’s resulting AI SaaS system will also enable the optimization and predictive analytics of the global oyster industry, providing better insight into oyster husbandry. The implementation of AI technology to this system would provide real time data as well as optimize production performance. This AI will create a competitive edge in the market for operators and producers of oysters who adopt this technology providing higher yields, quality and reliability through the data produced.
“Through the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the Government of Canada is pleased to support Canada’s Ocean Cluster as it drives AI solutions for Canadian ocean companies. Poseidon’s Biofilter is one of nine projects announced today by OSC, and it will allow oyster farm operators to control operating conditions and reduce climate change–related impacts.” – The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
“AI in ocean has the potential to help transform the way we do ocean business. Today Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announced the Maximizing Oyster Production through AI-Enabled Monitoring Project which will increase the industry’s ability to measure and help ensure the health and best growth conditions for oyster production. In a changing climate, the role of Artificial Intelligence and advancing technologies is critical to how we adapt.” – Kendra MacDonald, CEO, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
“The shellfish industry of Canada has been quietly innovating in the Ocean for best practices, quality, and sustainability. We are honoured to contribute to this industry, to listen to its many leaders from it’s East, to West to the Northern Ocean coastlines, and bring them solutions that increase their triple bottom line. We build technology the Canadian way, proactively looking forward, to last the harshest climate conditions, and it’s no wonder the global Ocean community is looking with great interest for what we bring to the world stage.” – Nicholas LaValle, Lead consortium team member, Clean Valley CIC’s Founding CEO
“It is essential we prepare our industry now for long term effects of climate change and the disruption of global supply chains.”-Trevor Munroe, President of Sober Island Oyster Farmers
“Proud to be part of a Made in Canada technology solution, using AI to contribute to the oyster’s habitat health and optimal growing performance.” –Lawrence Taylor, CEO, IntegraSEE
“These hatcheries play a crucial role in the sustainability and conservation of oyster populations, as they allow for the controlled reproduction and selective breeding of oysters to enhance their genetic diversity and resilience. Oyster hatcheries aid in the restocking efforts of oyster farms and natural habitats, ensuring a steady supply of oysters and maintaining the delicate balance of marine ecosystems. By providing an ideal environment for oyster larvae to grow and develop, hatcheries contribute to preserving this valuable seafood resource for future generations.”- Wayne Carter, CEO, Aqua Production Systems
About Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster accelerates the development and commercialization of made-in-Canada ocean solutions in energy transition, food security, future of transport, and climate change while also growing more companies, creating more jobs, and attracting ocean talent. As Canada’s national ocean cluster, the OSC is a convenor of members, partners, and networks and a catalyst for transformative growth that helps build the robust ecosystem needed to help realize Ambition 2035 – a 5X growth potential in ocean in Canada by 2035. To date, the OSC has approved more than 85 projects with a total value of more than $400 million which will deliver more than 200 new made-in-Canada ocean products, processes, and services to sell to the world. For more information visit oceansupercluster.ca
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster