Humane slaughter for wild fish through electric in-water stunning followed by innovative automated waterjet bleeder (RD004)

Aim:

By combining Ace Aquatec's innovative in-water electric stunner, which has zero handling of fish from net to boat, with a completely original prototype bleeding system using robotic arm and waterjets as the cutting device, Ace Aquatec hopes to revolutionise the way farms and fishing vessels stun and kill their fish.

Funding Amount:

£250,000

Duration of Project:

12 Months

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Summary:

Waterjet cutting tools are routinely used in filleting factories where they have the precision to remove damage and create portions without contacting knives with flesh. Ace Aquatec has innovated an in-water electric stunner that won a Queen’s Award in 2019 for providing all farmed fish with a humane slaughter option, from finfish to crustaceans. What has limited the spread of this technology into wild fish catch, where fish are still dropped into holds and die over several hours, is the absence of a quick method of killing the fish post stunning. By combining Ace Aquatec’s innovative in-water electric stunner, which has zero handling of fish from net to boat, with a completely original prototype bleeding system using robotic arm and waterjets as the cutting device, Ace Aquatec hopes to revolutionise the way farms and fishing vessels stun and kill their fish. Added benefits from using this system are improved quality, reduced stress, and more data gathering during the harvest process.

Ace Aquatec has partnered with one of the leaders in robotic and waterjet engineering, to deliver a complete solution for commercial farms and fish vessels. This solution, combined with our electric stunner, will enable all species of farmed and wild fish to be humanely slaughtered, and this will improve welfare, as well as increase efficiencies, saving the producer money, reducing safety issues from fish handlers, as well as reducing issues with the reliability of equipment.

Project Lead

Ace Aquatic Ltd.