“With our LED lighting we help customers to improve the efficiency of sea-based salmon farms, enhance feed conversion rates, reduce food costs and lower risk of infection," said Bien.
Fish depend on light to determine the time and seasons, and this assists with food conversion rates and overall growth. But in larger and deeper pens, as well as rougher seas in the open water, light often fails to pierce the surface.
But with Signify’s seacage and hatchery lighting range, up to 100,000 lumens of LED’s are evenly distributed throughout the water column, specifically targeting dark spots and simulating the biological rhythms of the fish. The spread of deeper lights promotes the animals to swim deeper, avoiding surface-living sea lice larvae and converting food more effectively, which reduces marine pollution and increases animal welfare.
The lighting so successfully used in salmon farming is equally relevant to the EU’s Sea Bream/Sea Bass industry. The latter, which is centred in the Mediterranean Sea – in particular Greece, Italy and Spain – stands to benefit from this technology as demand for these types of fish soars. According to market research firm IMARC, the global market for Sea Bream and Sea Bass grew at a CAGR of around 5% from 2015-2020.
If fish is ultimately going to remain on the menu for the foreseeable future – and it looks likely – then practices like this are crucial, while sustainable fish farming needs to greatly expand overall.