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AI provides solutions for the Japanese fishing industry by Yuu Rirou August 11,2019   |  Source: SYNCED

In the 1990s farmed fish (aquaculture) accounted for about one-quarter of global seafood production according to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization. Now, with demand rising and the ocean’s resources being steadily depleted, aquaculture has overtaken wild fishery, globally producing more than 100 million metric tonnes of seafood each year.

Artificial intelligence is increasingly used in aquaculture management to analyze water conditions, environmental changes and fish status. And nowhere are these emerging fishing industry technologies more important than in Japan.

According to a report by private research group Yano Economic Research Institute, Japan’s aquaculture market will reach JP¥20.3 billion in 2021, an increase of 53 percent from 2016. AI-powered smart fisheries will account for JP¥1.3 billion, a figure that is rising quickly.

The aging of Japan’s primary fishing industry and the lack of successors reflect larger social issues related to the country’s aging population and declining birthrate. Wild fisheries are also increasingly constrained by resource conservation efforts, which has dealt a double blow to the Japanese fishing industry.

This article looks at three Japanese cases where AI is being applied either in large-scale aquaculture or to

Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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