Aquaculture is poised to help meet growing world hunger needs in a sustainable manner. Yet the industry is still relatively nascent. For aquaculture to reach its full potential, new technologies need to emerge to bring additional efficiency and speed to the farming process.

Enter Iceland-based VAKI, which has been on the forefront of technological innovation for more than 35years. One of the company’s newest innovations, the Wellboat Channel Counter, is changing the game in the industry by making it easier than ever for fish farmers to know how many fish are in each size group during splitting, grading operations, and lice treatment—and with more than 99% accuracy.

“Our innovative fish counting systems provide unrivaled control and accuracy, which helps fish famers increase productivity and make better decisions,” says Julius Bjarni Bjarnason, who heads sales for VAKI in the US and Western Canada. “Our wellboat counters are for everyone. They’re easy to use, they have high capacity, and deliver very valuable information directly to the fish farmer. There’s nothing like it on the market.”

Julius Bjarni Bjarnason heads sales for VAKI in the US and Western Canada. Photo: vaki

The range of Channel Counters, which can accurately count fish from 50g, and integrate with VAKI’s other solutions, including the VAKI Cloud and VAKI SmartFlow System, to deliver even more benefits to fish farmers. The Channel Counter can process upwards of 330T/hour, also supports size estimation.

Moreover, the fish counter automatically logs all critical information so that farmers can easily reference it at any point in time.

VAKI is focused on being a leader in the fish counting within the aquaculture industry. They have a range of products that have helped hundreds of customers worldwide —of which Vaki aim to be the best at designing and manufacturing.

A global reach & diverse portfolio

Wellboat companies and salmon farms around the world—including those in Norway, Chile, Scotland, and Canada—use VAKI’s innovative technologies to process a range of different fish species, including salmon, sea bass, bream, white fish, tilapia, carp, and flatfish.

While the Wellboat Channel Counter brings transformation to the aquaculture industry, it’s not the only such product in VAKI’s robust portfolio. For example, the company’s SmartFlow System enables users to automate the grading process, monitor and store information related to the graded and counted fish. This allows them to easily compare sizes and numbers while increasing the efficiency and accuracy of fish farming operations.

Additionally, the SmartFlow System includes automatic density control to enhance grading, a fish pump that regulates pumping speed to ensure optimal operation, a smart grader that automatically sorts fish, which can be both monitored and controlled centrally.

VAKI’s innovative solutions are built with leading technologies, including infrared scanners and camera-based imaging software that can’t be found in other solutions on the market.

Unparalleled customer service

In addition to building high-quality cutting-edge technology and digital solutions, VAKI also prides itself on delivering customer service that’s second to none. If you ever need help with figuring out how to optimize a certain machine or have any service or maintenance-related questions, help is always just a quick call or email away—wherever you happen to find yourself on the globe. In many cases, VAKI’s team is even able to prevent problems before they occur.

“We are committed to our customer’s success and our agents are always ready to answer any questions or respond to any concerns at a moment’s notice,” Bjarnason continues. “When you partner with VAKI, our relationship doesn’t end once a sale is made. We’re in it for the long haul.” VAKI offer their customers customer care package (CCP) which includes online support and preventive maintenance services along with many other benefits.

Our relationship doesn’t end once a sale is made. We’re in it for the long haul.

Looking ahead, VAKI is poised to continue innovating on the forefront of the aquaculture industry. The company already exports products to more than 60 countries and is looking to continue expanding its presence in the coming years. VAKI’s headquarters are in Iceland where everything is developed and produced but also have office and service teams in Norway, Scotland, Chile and trained partners and resellers in over 10 countries.

For more information on VAKI, please visit their website. Any questions or comments? Contact Julius Bjarni Bjarnason via email or connect with him on LinkedIn.