AQ1’s—Acoustic Feeding System—Update
At the World Aquaculture Society Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (February 22–26, 2016), I interviewed Attilio Castano, Regis Bador and Ross Dodd—all three very much involved with the development and utilization of the AQ1 System, which records the sounds shrimp make when they feed and then uses those sounds to control and optimize feeding with automatic feeders.
Attilio operates a 220-hectare shrimp farm in Ecuador and has been instrumental in the adoption of the AQ1 System in Ecuador, Regis is in charge of marketing the system in Latin America and Ross is the owner and developer of the system.
Shrimp News: Can a small-scale shrimp farmer in Vietnam or Thailand reap the benefits of the AQ1 System?
Ross Dodd: I would say, “He can’t afford not to put in a system like ours!” We feel that anyone, regardless of the size of their farm, can reap the benefits of our system. It doesn’t matter if it’s one hectare or one thousand hectares, they all get the same benefits of better growth, lower feed conversion ratios and higher survivals and larger harvests.