A new aquaculture industry app, launched by the people behind Fishfacts, has already been a hit with the industry – within just days of is release.
Aquafacts follows the success of the Fishfacts platform launched a couple of years ago by Faroese father-and-son Óli and Hanus Samró, which has grown steadily to the point that today it has 700 fishing vessels across twenty countries using the site on a regular basis.
The new venture into the aquaculture sector has much the same style as Fishfacts, presenting a wealth of information on the fish farming business, and it’s highly automated.
‘It’s a digital platform that shows the fish farming locations, backed up with up-to-the-minute data on ownership, status, lice counts and more,’ Hanus Samró explained, adding that well boat tracks can be followed in real time via satellite AIS.
The volume of data incorporated into Aquafacts concerning the aquaculture business in Norway, Iceland, the UK and the Faroe Islands is highly extensive, including location images, company financial reports and more. It’s all data that’s publicly available, but which isn’t necessarily easy to find, and may in some instances be hidden behind a language barrier.
‘The Analytics function of Aquafacts allows users to compile their own analyses, just as financial institutions and brokerages do,’ he said, commenting that stretching their reach to take in the aquaculture sector was a logicla next step on from the success of Fishfacts.
‘Fishfacts offer business intelligence about fishing vessels, companies, catches, quotas, vessel location and financial data. Some of the Fishfacts customers are also active in the aquaculture sector and there has been no single platform bringing all this data together, they asked if we could produce a similar tool that would be relevant to that industry as well.’