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UMITRON has been selected for the satellite demonstration programme of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in cooperation with the Tokyo Institute of Technology and others to support the aquaculture industry including fish, shellfish and algae farmers

Ocean aquaculture PixabayAquaculture has become a major component of the global food production system. (Image source: Arek Socha/Pixabay)

A small satellite will be launched in FY2022 with a mission to gather ocean observations for aquaculture. High-frequency and high-resolution observations of plankton and nutrient levels will be acquired.

Aquaculture has become a major component of the global food production system. At the same time, the world's oceans are in a state of rapid environmental change creating a number of risks and challenges for today's farmers.

In order to reduce these risks and stabilise aquaculture production, information on the ocean environment such as the distribution of plankton and nutrients is critical for the industry. UMITRON has been working with a research group led by the Tokyo Institute of Technology to collect high-frequency and high-resolution data that enables the close observation of coastal regions which are a major area for aquaculture operations. 

As a member of the research consortium UMITRON is in charge of demonstrating the use of satellite data for the aquaculture industry.