Wired interviewed Thomas Moranduzzo, one of the founders of ColomboSky now celebrating the second year of incubation by the European Space Agency. ‘The biggest challenge for ColomboSky is convincing fish farming companies that the satellite measurements of water quality parameters are reliable and can greatly contribute to the efficiency of daily farming operations’ said Moranduzzo. Fish farmers today rely on expensive probes for retrieving relevant information from the water column. Despite the popularity of these tool, the information they provide is strictly limited to the space inside cages and cannot ‘see’ threats approaching the farm area.
The second challenge is protecting fish farms from the threats that pose at risk global ocean resources: harmful algal blooms, jellyfish outbreaks, oil spills are just a few of the issues that can wipe out a year profits and jeopardise tens of jobs.