25% of all Norwegian salmon to be protected by lice zapping lasers by end of 2024

by
Matthew Wilcox

100 million fish in Norway will be protected by Stingray lasers next year.

Lice-killing laser supplier Stingray Marine Solutions is set for a significant expansion of production.

The Oslo-based company is to boost production from 400 nodes this year to between 800 and 1,000 annually by the fiscal year 2024/2025, General Manager John Arne Breivik told SalmonBusiness.

Currently, Stingray’s technology monitors and protects approximately 60 million individual salmon and trout. With the increased production capacity from its new factory, Breivik anticipates this number is to rise to about 100 million individuals by next year, accounting for 20-25% of all farmed fish in Norway.

Founded in 2012, the company currently supplies more than 30 producers at more than 70 locations and up to 900 pens.

The expansion aligns with Stingray’s commitment to enhancing the quality and sustainability of Norwegian seafood, said Breivik, with the company’s technology expected to help produce 2-2.5 billion meals of salmon and trout by 2024.

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Stingray claims its image-based detection system works around the clock emitting a laser beam as fish swim by, killing sea lice in milliseconds and drastically reducing the number of reactive treatments needed each year.

Yearly losses from sea lice infestations in the Norwegian salmon industry are estimated to at around $1 billion worldwide.

In October, Mitsubishi-owned salmon farmer Cermaq signed a major deal with Stingray Marine Solutions to deploy around 140 of its lasers.

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