Predicting salmon biomass remotely using a digital stereo-imaging technique


Beddow TA, Ross L & Marchant JA (1996) Predicting salmon biomass remotely using a digital stereo-imaging technique. Aquaculture, 146 (3-4), pp. 189-203.

Effective fish farm management requires accurate information on fish biomass in order to control feeding regimes, stocking densities and ultimately the optimum time to harvest the stock. Current methods for biomass estimation are deemed inaccurate and may also be stressful to the fish. Therefore, the ability to remotely predict fish weight and biomass was tested using a non-invasive, digital stereo-camera system. The camera system was arranged in a vertical set-up, which grabbed images of fish viewed from the side. Specific combinations of fin-fin, body depth and length dimensions, visible from side views of fish, were measured from stereo-images and these estimates were incorporated into a series of multifactor regression equations that were used to predict weight. Biomass of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) was estimated to within 0.4% of the real value and individual weight was determined with an error of -0.1 ± 9.0%. Thus, the results from this study suggest that biomass can be predicted with a high degree of accuracy using a stereo-camera system, and the method has the advantage of greatly reduced stress levels in fish, compared with current biomass estimation techniques.

Salmon; Salmo salar; Image analysis; Stereo-vision; Biomass

Aquaculture: Volume 146, Issue 3-4

Publication date30/11/1996